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Etching - ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, 1808
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Etching - ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, 1808

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

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Hand-coloured etching after George Moutard Woodward (1760-1809) engraved by Thomas Rowlandson, (1756-1827) and published ‘Sept 15th 1808 by R Ackermann, 101 Strand.’ Framed and glazed. 

A satire on the French defeat at Vimeiro in 1808 when Napoleon's army suffered great losses thus thwarting his designs on conquering Portugal. The Napoleonic fox turns his back on the Spanish grapes and Portuguese plum trees and tries to pursuade the French people, represented by a demanding French cock, that they were unworthy of attention. 
 

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