|Title||Boney Hatching a Bulletin |
|Subtitle||(or) Snug Winter Quarters |
|Creator||Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878 |
|Publisher||Walker & Knight |
|Place of Publication||England--London |
|Caption Text||Caption on image:|
Boney Hatching a Bulletin or Snug Winter Quarters!!!
Published Dec. 1812 by Walker & Knight, Sweetings Alley, Royal Exchange.
Dialogue and signage:
[Emaciated figure on left] "By Gar he is almost lost!"
[Soldier half-buried in snow) "Vat de devil shall Ve say in de Bulletin?"
[Napoleon, nearly buried] "Say!!!! why say we have got into Comfortable Winter Quarters, and the Weather is very fine & will last 8 days longer. Say we have got plenty of Soup Meagre plenty of Minced meat--grill'd Bears fine Eating--driving Cust-us-off to the Devil. Say we shall be at home at Xmas to dinner--give my love to darling [Marie-Louise]--don't let John Bull know that I have been (?)...tell a good lie about the Cossacks...D....e [damne] it anything but the Truth.
[Banner hanging from the eagle] Vive la Emperor Napo(leon). ("Long live the Emperor Napoleon!")
|Historical Notes||The French advance into Russia was the beginning of the end of Napoleon's Empire. The Grand Army moved swiftly through Europe and into Russia, finally attacking Moscow. The city had been evacuated. A fire destroyed two-thirds of the city soon afterwards. The lack of supplies and shelter plus constant attacks by Russian troops made it impossible for the French to winter in Moscow. They retreated in disarray beginning on October 19, their preferred routes blocked by Russian troops. Logistics support broke down and the men and horses were starving. Yet Napoleon kept the PR machine going, cranking out propaganda bulletins that claimed the French were close to a great victory. In this caricature, when all you can see of his troops are their Jacobin red bonnets, his officer asks what to say, and he replies to say they are in good shape and he should make up a good lie about the Cossacks.|
Reference source: George #11920.
|Publishing Notes||Also found in the De Vinck Collection (# 8755), Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris).|
|Subjects (LCSH)||Political cartoons|
History--Caricatures & cartoons
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
|Geographic Coverage||France |
|Digital Collection||Napoleonic Period Collection|
|Digital ID Number||NAP012 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division. |
|Repository Collection||Napoleon Collection |
|UW Reference Number||E5 |
|Object Type||Print |
|Physical Description||Etching, hand colored ; plate mark 24 x 34 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. |