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- Object: Wellington and glory, or the victory of Vittoria- he came, he saw, he conquer'd.
Wellington, handsome and youthful, stands beside his white charger; he wears a star (K.G., 4 Mar. 1813) and a star dangles from his horse's head. A young officer runs up to him from the left hat in hand, proffering a field marshal's baton; he says: "General I greet you with the tydeings of complete Victory the Usurper and his Field Marshal have fled, and left all their Cannon, Amunition, Baggage, Military Chest, provision, and I here present you with Marshall Jourdans Baton of command!" Wellington says: "May this Trophy prove—our hope of future victory, and England once more restore Spain to her lawful Soveriegn!" Between and behind them stands a third officer, looking at Wellington with both arms raised ecstatically. On the extreme right and almost in back view an officer looks through a telescope saying, "There goes King Joey!" He looks towards tiny figures on a bluff (left) near the towers of Vittoria. They stand on raised ground in the foreground. Behind (left) English infantry run forward with fixed bayonets; bodies lie on the ground.
Plate numbered 206.
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Height: 243 millimetres
Width: 344 millimetres (publication line cut off)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For Vittoria see No. 12068, &c. Marshal Jourdan's baton was appropriated by a corporal of the Eighteenth, who broke off the gold ends before it was stolen from him by a drummer of the Eighty-seventh. Both parts were recovered and reached Wellington who sent the baton to the Regent with his dispatch. Fortescue, 'Hist. of the British Army', ix. 185 f. See No. 12498.
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