Capture of Bonaparte's Carriage the night of the Battle of Waterloo.
[London, n.d., 1816.]
Etching, folding plate from William Bullock's pamphlet 'A Description Of The Costly And Curious Military Carriage Of The Late Emperor Of France...'. 150 x 205mm, 6 x 8". Fold as normal.
Napoleon Bonaparte flees the scene on horseback in the background as his carriage is seized by Allied troops. 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. Bullock issued a pamphlet to accompany the exhibition, which included this etching by Samuel Howitt (1756 - 1822). In 1842 the carriage was sold to Madame Tussaud, who displayed for 80 years before it was completely destroyed in a fire.
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