Napoleon.The First, and Last, by the Wrath of Heaven Emperor of the Jacobins, Protector of the Confederation of Rogues...
Published at R. Ackerman. 101 Strand, London .
Very fine hand coloured etching and letterpress. Sheet 445 x 295mm. (17½ x 11½"). Laid on album paper.
A satirical portrait of Napoleon, with explanatory letterpress underneath. The spider's web is surrounded by a map with Napoleon's battles around the Elbe & Rhine. Napoleon's hat is portrayed as an eagle, with his face made of the corpses of those 'who perished on the Plains of Russia and Saxony'. Napoleon's jacket is a map of the environs of Leipzig, with other battles in the campaign indicated. Also on the jacket, the epaulette is shown as a hand, leading the 'Rhenish Confederation', shown as a cobweb. 'His throat is encircled with the Red Sea', symbolizing those who drowned in the battles led by Napoleon.
[Ref: 38077] £690.00