Sir Francis Drake fuyant de Munich.
Etching, 250 x 165mm. 9¾ x 6½".
Sir Francis Drake (1764-1821), English diplomat, appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Elector Palatine in 1799. Corresponding with French dissidents, some letters containing plans for a revolt on the left bank of the Rhine were intercepted by the French, cauing him much embarrasment. This French satire depicts him as an eagle, fleeing from Munich on the Hamburg road. He carries documents, bottles of ink and a large folio, whilst flies buzz around his head. This print was engraved by E. Jaime who produced the first historical analysis of for French Caricatures originally issued in eighty parts between 1834 and 1835 and then as two volumes in 1838.
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