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'The Empress's wish or Boney Puzzled!!' (caricature)

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours, Caricatures
ExhibitionsBroadsides! Caricature and the Navy 1775–1815
User collections Curator's pick: naval battles post-Trafalgar by JDavey
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Josephine, Empress
Depiction: Bonaparte, Napoleon
Publication(s)Nelson & Napoléon
Margarette Lincoln
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Object details:

Object ID PAD4784
Description Print 'The Empress's wish or Boney Puzzled!! (caricature)'. A satire on Napoleon’s frustration and anger at British superiority and strength in the naval war. Playing, by now very conventionally, upon his diminutive stature, it shows him glowering on the rampart of a coastal fort at the prospect of his fleet at harbour below, blockaded by a single British ship in the distance. The noticeably taller Empress looks down at him, pointing with a spyglass at the British vessel, and says, ‘My Dear Little Great Emperor of Kings, Nations & Princes your Majesty has often promised to me – that if ever I longed, or wished, or had a Desire for any thing in all the world, it would be got immeadiatly – I do not wish to put your Highness to such a proof of your Love I only wish you to send out and bring me dat Little Ship with the Blue Flag, that lays at Anchor?’ At this Napoleon is perplexed, since it is the one request he is unable to grant.
Date made Published 9 August 1810

Artist/Maker Johnston, J.
Cruikshank, Isaac
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials hand-coloured etching
Measurements Sheet: 250 mm x 363 mm; Platemark: 245 mm x 352 mm; Frame: 450 mm x 602 mm x 40 mm; Mount: 250 mm x 350 mm
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