[Broadside against Napoleon.]Englishmen! You have been unjustly charged with Supineness and Despondency. The Enemies of Government and the Admirers of the Corsican Tyrant, have interpreted your silent Confidence, into despair and dismay [...] Timoleon.
Letterpress, sheet 540 x 440mm (21¼ x 17¼"). Folds
Large broadside published at the time when fears of an invasion of the British Isles by Napoleon were at their height, in the form of a dialogue between Napoleon and John Bull (representing Britain). Napoleon is calm and complacent about his achievements, where John Bull angrily disputes these as a sacrifice of 6000 men (the Battle of Lodi); a massacre (the Battle of Alexandria), and poisoning the French army's injured soldiers. The 'scene' is Calais, a common point for channel crossings previously depicted in Hogarth's similarly anti-Gallican 'The Calais Gate'. The pseudonym 'Timoleon' is taken from Massinger's play 'The Bondman', in which Timoleon led the defence of Syracuse against the Carthaginians. That play was a popular source for anti-Napoleon broadsides. Published by John Hatchard (1768-1849), who founded the Piccadilly bookshop still on the same premises two hundred years later.
For Hogarth's 'Calais Gate' see ref. 31474; for another use of Massinger in this context see ref. 33292.
[Ref: 33289] £450.00