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- Object: The Corsican shuttlecock or a pretty plaything for Ye Allies.
Blücher (left) and Schwarzenberg (right) play shuttlecock with a puppet-like emperor, who flies stiffly through the air, his hands together as if in prayer, wearing a huge bicorne, the feathers serving for the shuttlecock. Blücher is nearer the foreground, and is larger, more active and more determined. He says: "Bravo Schwartzenberg! Keep the Game alive! Send him this way & d—n him I'll drive him back again." Schwartzenberg: "There he goes!! why Blucher! this used to be rather a weighty plaything: but D—me if it isn't as light as a feather now!!" Both are in uniform, Blücher is bareheaded. Across the background stretches 'Paris', a city of palaces and spires, three of which fly a double-headed eagle flag; from a dome this flag flies above the tricolour.
10 April 1814.
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Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 340 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The final campaign against Napoleon had been characterized by Schwarzenberg's caution and diplomatic hesitation, cf. No. 12206. The design appears to be based on No. 9716, by Gillray. See No. 12217 A.
Reid, No. 310. Cohn, No. 1020. Broadley, i. 351-2. Milan, No. 2657.
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Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179