Napoleon, the Corsican Phoenix.The Hat of Napoleon represents the Gallic Cock, his wings expanded, and crowing confident of success.--- The Initials of his Name are branded on his Face, as a mark of Infamy [...]
Etching and letterpress with hand-colouring, very rare; printed separately and glued to same backing sheet. Overall dimensions 380 x 220mm (15 x 8¾"). Uncut.
An allegorical portrait of Napoleon, with explanatory letterpress underneath. Example of the abundance of popular prints made in response to the Napoleonic Wars and probably printed during the Hundred Days after Napoleon's escape from Elba, hence the phoenix iconography and his 'Heart, overflowing with Ambition to regain his lost Territory'.
[Ref: 35224] £480.00