Puss in Boots.Or General Junot taken by surprise.
[1811 (date erased)] by Thos. Tegg No 111 Cheapside.
Hand coloured etching, 345 x 245mm. 13½ x 9¾". Chips and tears to extremities. Stain to right edge of image, one hole.
A comely florid woman, girding up the skirts of her dress, has dressed up in the cocked hat, jack-boots, and sword-belt of General Jean-Andoche Junot (1771 – 1813), and gaily marches beside his bed, flourishing his sword in a gauntleted hand, looking over her shoulder. Junot (right) sits up in bed looking at her angrily, and clutching his breeches, as if afraid she would don those too. A cat miaows at her. The bed is curtained and canopied, but a military saddle, hanging from a peg, and a musket show that the general is campaigning. Junot commanded the eighth army corps under Massena during the Peninsular War in 1810-11, having been Governor-General of Portugal. The entourage with which he quitted Portugal under the Convention of Sintra (August 30, 1808) was ridiculed in English newspapers. By the agreement, the defeated French were allowed to evacuate their troops from Portugal without further conflict. The lady may, however, be Madame Junot, Duchess d'Abrantès, who accompanied her husband to Spain, and entertained gaily and lavishly. Numbered '71' upper right. By Thomas Rowlandson (1757 - 1827).
BM Satires: 11720. Grego II Page 204.
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