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Etching - ‘Napoleon the Little in a Race with his Great French Eagle’, 1808
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Etching - ‘Napoleon the Little in a Race with his Great French Eagle’, 1808

Measurements: Overall: 37cm (14.5in) x 46cm (18in)

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Hand-coloured etching after published Sept 20 1808 by R. Ackermann,  101 Strand, London. Framed and glazed. 

Napoleon standing with his sword drawn on the left as he admonishes a large French Eagle wearing the Imperial Crown and with its foot bound-up with a blue sling. The Eagle is meant to represent Joseph Buonaparte and his French troops who pulled-out of Spain. The eagle makes the excuse that it was the severity of the Spanish troops and the Spanish heat that thwarted the plans for conquest.


 

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