Collection online

Le paté indigeste

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.8199

  • Title (object)

    • Le paté indigeste
  • Description

    One of French prints (Nos. 12519-12522; see also Nos. 12511, 12537) on the return from Elba [arranged before authentic dates of some plates were ascertained from De Vinck].
    The four leading sovereigns of Europe sit on stools at an oblong table ready to carve a raised pie. This is formed of masonry, with projecting gun-muzzles, and contains a miniature Napoleon (not caricatured). He raises the lid, and prepares to get out, unnoticed by the diners. At the head of the table (right) sits Francis I, saying, "attaquons tous ensemble"; facing him is Frederick William, who says with a greedy stare: "j'ai une [sic] faim du Diable." Both hold knife and fork. On the farther side of the table sit the Tsar and the Prince Regent. The former turns to the King of Prussia to say: "je le crois bien rassis." The Regent says: "Messieurs je fournirai le vin." All wear uniform, and all but the Regent wear cocked hats. Under the table Louis XVIII lies on his back, the crown fallen from his head. He says: "j'en aurai les miettes."
    June 1815 Hand-coloured etching

    More 

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1815
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 220 millimetres
    • Width: 291 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered in lower margin with title
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    See No. 12528, &c. Frederick William is still hungry after absorbing part of Saxony instead of the wished-for whole.
    Broadley, ii. 67.

    (Supplementary information)
    The print was entered in the 'Bibliographie de France' for 3 June 1815 by Lambert.

    More 

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12519 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires French 1815 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.8199

Satire on the Congress of Vienna: four crowned heads of Europe sit around a table, while Napoleon emerges from a giant paté and Louis XVIII falls under the table.  June 1815 Hand-coloured etching

Satire on the Congress of Vienna: four crowned heads of Europe sit around a table, while Napoleon emerges from a giant paté and Louis XVIII falls under the table. June 1815 Hand-coloured etching

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: PPA45099

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...