Boney & the Great State Secretary.
Published Feby. 1806 by Walker No 7 Cornhill.
Coloured etching. Sheet 345 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). Trimmed within plate, paper toned. Damage in edges on right and left, just entering printed border.
Napoleon, in oversize bicorn hat and boots, hands reaching towards a larger Charles James Fox, appealing for peace: 'We shall be very happy to take a little Peace-soup with you when ever you are inclined Master Charley'. Fox replies: "Why you little Corsican reptile ... Arrogant little Man. Mr Boney - if you do not instantly Vanish from my sight I'le break every bone in your body'. In reality peace overtures were begun by Foreign Secretary Fox, following the collapse of the Third Coalition in late 1805. However he soon realised his belief that France really wanted peace were without any foundation, putting a shadow over the end of his political career (he died the following year).
BM Satires 10535.
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