The Imperial Nursery or News from the Army.
Aquatint with etching. Sheet 210 x 295mm (8¼ x 11½"). Trimmed within plate on three sides, original binding folds.
Napoleon in his bedroom, nearly dropping his son into the jaws of a sabre-toothed monster when receiving news from Portugal, where Massena had been driven from the lines of Torres Vedras by Wellington, a turning point in the Peninsula War. Behind him are the spirits of the Portuguese dead calling for Wellington to avenge them. The British Museum has a later state with added detail, most noticeably with more ghost heads clearly defined; that state has the letters at Napoleon's feet more legible: they read '. . . faithfull frind Wm Cobbet' and 'List of Engl[ish] Disaffect[ed]'.
BM Satires 11722A, later state BM Satires 11722.
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