Questions to be Answered; ot Policy's last Struggle.
Hand-coloured etching with very large margins; paper watermarked: 1822. Plate 247 x 348mm (9¾ x 13¾").
Satire published in the wake of the French Revolution of 1830 in which Charles X (seen in despair in the centre) was deposed. Jules de Polignac, the most important politician in France under Charles X, is on the right accusing Wellington of supporting French policy but failing to assist Charles X and Polignac in their time of need. On the left Metternich whispers reassurances to Charles, and on the far left (as a counterpart to Wellington) Napoleon's son the duc de Reichstadt in uniform, laments the 'vile combination of kings' which stand between him and power. The ghost of his father Napoleon, emerges from clouds to hold a crown over his son's head, urging him 'now or never'.
BM Satires: 16221.
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