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- Object: Questions to be answered; or policy's last struggle
Wellington (right), in civilian dress, in profile to the left, faces Polignac with a deprecating gesture. Polignac asks with an angry frown: 'Is this your policy to support all our measures, and then forsake us in distress'. Wellington: 'You have laboured under a partial mistake, Polignac you've depended on a broken Staff'. In the centre of the design Charles X, in uniform, makes a gesture of despair, raising clenched fists: 'There's no hope— England's forsaken me—she holds the balance'. Metternich whispers in his ear: 'Despair not, Metternich's your advocate, and Europe may yet interfere for the house of Capet'. On the extreme left, a pendant to Wellington, stands the duc de Reichstadt in uniform, bare-headed, with folded arms, looking down with closed eyes. He says: 'They shout Napoleon the Second, but a vile combination of Kings fetters me'. The ghost of Napoleon [cf. BM Satires No. 16208], irradiated, emerges from clouds to hold a crown over his son's head, exclaiming 'Now or never!' 13 August 1830
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 345 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The spirit of the 'Glorious Days' (see Nos. 16244-6) was republican and Bonapartist rather than Orleanist. For Wellington and the Revolution see No. 16218, &c. "Partial" is a gibe at "partial distress", see No. 16039.
Reproduced, Grand-Carteret, 'L'Aiglon en Images', 1901, p. 331.
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