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- Object: Le depart pour l'armée-of sir Lou-de-bras & his squire.-
Louis XVIII and the duc d'Angoulême, burlesques of Hudibras and Ralpho, cf. BM Satires 6361, bestride two kicking mules, on a road leading across a plain from Paris (right). The mules, side-by-side, refuse to move. Louis (right), the larger figure, grasps his mule's right ear; in his left hand is a long tilting-lance to which are tied a bonnet rouge and a banner inscribed Liberty & No Kicking All Over The World. His features are twisted in a melancholy grimace and he looks at his nephew, saying:
Ah—oh—my Son!—Son of France! O! my G—ts! poo! poo.
This Spanish Mule—rides—restif—beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup!
I see my Fall!—(O my G—ts)—These Fooleries.
I wish I was—Deja—safe back in the Tuilleries—!
D'Angoulême turns to him, with a frightened frown, but putting his right hand on the large hilt of a sword hanging from the left hip; he answers:
Ba Ba!—Mon Pere! Pere de France! Voyez vous!
I have my Sword!—I shall do! I shall do—!
Tho' by Gor—I have as much fright—as you!!
And I do wish I was Snug in that Chateau too!
The King wears an absurd helmet, partly French, partly classical. From its crest projects a huge fleur-de-lis, on it is a sun like that of Louis XIV, and two pairs of wings. A short braided tunic is open over a wide expanse of frilled shirt and braces; his breeches cover a vast spherical paunch inscribed The God of St Louis. His flannel leg-coverings are turned back, simulating the flapped boots of a seventeenth-century cavalier. He wears epaulets, and on his gouty foot a huge spur. Behind him, on the mule's hindquarters, is a cask inscribed Goose's Liver—Quails—Ortalans [see (e.g.) BM Satires 12997]. His fringed saddle-cloth is decorated with interlaced L's surmounted by a crown and irradiated within a fleur-de-lis border. His squire is more military; he has long moustaches, a much-feathered cocked hat, big epaulets, breastplate, and jack-boots. In his belt are two pistols; attached to the mule is a round shield centred by an irradiated eye and inscribed The Shield of Faith—Hope & Ch[arity]. His saddle-cloth is inscribed [Fren]ch Charter. His mule plunges, confronted by a frog which stares up from the left corner of the design. He has lost his stirrups, and holds the mule's tail. On the grass beside the road is a long file of frogs racing back towards Paris, in which the dome of the Invalides and the towers of Nôtre Dame are visible, backed by a low hill on which are tiny windmills (on Montmartre, cf. BM Satires 12237), an emblem of French fickleness (cf. BM Satires 12524). Below the title:
"A Squire he had whose name was "Hilt
"That in th'Adventure"—shared his Guilt—
26 February 1823.
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Height: 253 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', X, 1952)
For the projected invasion see No. 14497. One of many prophecies of disaster which were strikingly belied. The declared policy of France was to revise the Spanish Constitution on the lines of the French Charter.
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Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179