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Mack à bout, dédiée à la Grande Armée

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.7386

  • Title (object)

    • Mack à bout, dédiée à la Grande Armée
  • Description

    A French print. A French soldier, wearing a cocked hat, long gaiters, and a knapsack, is about to throw down a decadent-looking officer (r.) inscribed 'russe'. The latter staggers back, terrified, losing his cocked hat which is decorated with a star. On the left., with his back to this couple, the disgraced 'Mack' stands in profile to the left., weeping, with flexed knees, hands clasped as if in prayer. He wears a (?) nightcap and military dress from which all badges of rank have been stripped; his scabbard is empty. From his pocket projects his 'Plan de campagne'. Behind him is the strongly fortified town of 'Ulm' flying a tricolour flag; from it marches a long serpentine body of Austrian troops, guarded here and there by a single French soldier. Pen inscription: '23000 hom pris à Ulm'. In the distance (l.) tiny mounted soldiers gallop from left. to r. On the horizon (r.) are the spires and buildings of 'Vienne'; a flag inscribed 'N' flies from a tower. In the middle distance, with his back to Vienna and standing on a road leading to that city, stands a stout John Bull, in top-boots, clasping money-bags, whose contents pour to the ground. He registers distress and alarm, and is 'l'Anglais perdant son or'. c. December 1805 Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1805
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 244 millimetres
    • Width: 337 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and 'par un dragon du 2eme Regiment'; annotated with several comments in ink by a contemporary
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    For the capitulation of Ulm see BMSat 10437, &c. Mack's strategy was both rash and feeble; for his abortive 'plan of campaign' in 1794 cf. BMSat 8472. He was sentenced to loss of rank and death by a military commission; the death sentence was commuted by Francis II, and he was released after a year's imprisonment, dying in obscurity. For Austerlitz (indicated by the overthrow of the Russian) see BMSat 10450, &c. For England as the paymaster of the Third Coalition see BMSat 10451, &c.
    Listed by Broadley.

    (Supplementary information)
    Ulm was captured in October 1805, and this print was announced in the 'Journal de Paris' for 9 November 1805, where it was stated to be published by Martinet.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10446 bibliographic details
    • De Vinck 1909-1967 8018 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires French 1805 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Capture of Ulm
      1805
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.7386

Satire on the Third Coalition: a French soldier grabs a Prussian by the ear while Mack stands clasping his hands in supplication of the left, and John Bull pours gold from his pockets at the right.  November 1805 Hand-coloured etching

Satire on the Third Coalition: a French soldier grabs a Prussian by the ear while Mack stands clasping his hands in supplication of the left, and John Bull pours gold from his pockets at the right. November 1805 Hand-coloured etching

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