|Title||Little Bony Sneaking into Paris--with a White Feather in His Tail |
|Creator||Elmes, William (worked 1811-1820) |
|Publisher||Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845 |
|Place of Publication||England -- London -- Cheapside |
|Caption Text||Caption on Image:|
LITTLE BONY Sneaking into PARIS--with a white Feathe(r) in his tail.
London Pubd by Thos Tegg...No 111 Cheapside...Januy 12, 1813
Wm Es Delin Scul
Price One Shillin Coloured
[Napoleon] hist__is that the Croaking of Frogs I hear: I mistake__it's only the Sycophant Lads in Paris__hurra-ing at my unexpected and precipitate return. Thank my Luckey Stars—I have got out of the clutches of them Dam'd Cossack Curs___or I should have been food for Bears__long before this time.
[Dog] A Russian Cur__Bow-wow-wow.
[Officer] It's only Count Vincen't__Alias__Little Bony. The Imperial Fugitive__returned from Victory.
[Gatekeeper] Rap_Rap_Rap_ Who comes there..what midnight disturbers are you. "Alias__who" Alias the Divil you mean
|Historical Notes||After the disastrous Russian campaign, Napoleon left his army in early December and returned to Paris alone. He was almost unrecognizable from the hardships he had undergone, and arrived without escort at the Tuileries in the middle of the night, where the porter in his nightshirt admitted him.|
In the drawing, Napoleon trails a huge white feather, thought to be the mark of a poor fighter and linked from the 18th century with cowardice. He is chased by a dog who identifies himself as a "Russian cur". An officer, identified by George as Napoleon's personal aide Armand de Culaincourt, crouches at the gate and lifts the knocker, asking entrance for Napoleon under several ironic aliases. The gatekeeper has his own alias for the skulking emperor: the devil.
Reference source: George #11997.
|Subjects (LCSH)||Political cartoons|
History--Caricatures & cartoons
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
|Geographic Coverage||France |
|Digital Collection||Napoleonic Period Collection|
|Digital ID Number||NAP025 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division. |
|Repository Collection||Napoleon Collection |
|UW Reference Number||E14 |
|Object Type||Print |
|Physical Description||Etching, hand colored ; plate mark 25 x 35 cm. on sheet 26 x 36 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original drawing in RGB at 200-400 dpi, saved in TIFF format, changed to indexed color, enhanced and resized using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm software's JPEG2000 Extension. 2006. |