Hand coloured etching with aquatint, image 130 x 200mm. 5 x 8".
Napoleon Bonaparte's near-capture after the Battle of Waterloo; the French Emperor rides away from the Prussian troops that have captured his carriage. The Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, quoted below the image, presented the carriage to the Prince Regent, who subsequently sold it to William Bullock, who made it the centrepiece of a Napoleon exhibition at his Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. In 1842 it was sold to Madame Tussaud, who displayed for 80 years before it was completely destroyed in a fire. Numbered 'Pl. 9, Vol. I', for Rudolph Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' periodical, published from 1809-1829. The formal title of the publication was "Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics", and it discussed and illustrated day to day life, and influenced English taste in fashion, architecture and literature.
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