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- Object: A pleasent draught for Louis or the way to get rid of a troublesome fellow
Louis XVIII sits squarely in an arm-chair, head turned slightly to the right, with a satisfied and truculent smile. In his left hand he holds a wine-glass in which kneels a tiny screaming Napoleon, submerged to the waist, with both arms raised above his head. His left foot rests regally upon a cushion, but the slashed shoe indicates that this is on account of gout. He wears dress of ancien régime type, with the ribbon and star of St. Louis. At his side (right) is a cloth-covered table on which stands a bottle of wine. See No. 12266, &c.
Plate numbered 363.
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Height: 339 millimetres
Width: 227 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Listed by Broadley (attributed to Elmes, but not in his manner). De Vinck, No. 9149.
The print was tentatively attributed by George to John Cawse, but Andrew Norton points out (personal communication, 5 March 2008) that Cawse is not known to have been active beyond 1801, later prints of his being almost certainly reissues. He suggets that the etching style, manner of shading and lettering are identical to prints by William Heath from c.1814.
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