Corporal Violette.This Print, which appears to consist simply of that beautiful Flower, the Violet, contains correct Profiles of the Emporer Napoleon, Maria Louisa, and the Young King of Rome; the first under the green Leaf on the right --- the second opposite, under the second Violet -- and the third one, on the right of the centrical Stems, near the lower Violet.
213 Piccadilly. [n.d., c.1810].
Hand coloured engraving with two sections of letterpress text. Sheet size: 265 x 280mm (10½ x 11"). Cut and glued to scrap sheet.
An impression of an uncommon 'puzzle' portrait showing the concealed the profiles of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), his wife Marie Louise of Austria (1791-1847), and Napoleon Francis Joseph Charles (1811-1832), King of Rome. Napoleon was nicknamed "Corporal Violet" by his soldiers after having to return from Elba during Springtime. Explanatory letterpress above and below image.
[Ref: 33242] £230.00