Boney and Talley [graphic] : the Corsican carcase-butcher's reckoning day.

Published by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street
Septr. 1803
Physical Description:
1 print : etching & aquatint on wove paper, hand-colored sheet 32.0 x 32.3 cm
Title from letterpress text below image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Probably a later state of a plate originally published with the imprint: Published by J. Ginger, Piccadilly.
Text below title: New style-- No quarter day!
Plate serves as a heading for a broadside poem of twenty-nine verses arranged in three columns. The text of the broadside, printed in letterpress below the plate, begins: Says Boney, the butcher*, to Talley his man, one settling-day as they reckon'd ...
Another edition of the broadside, in different type, was also printed in 1803. This edition bore the publication line "Published by J. Ginger, 169 Piccadilly" and the printing line "Printed by D.N. Shury, Berwick Street, SOHO." See British Museum catalogue.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark with loss of all letterpress text. Title and broadside verses from the Beinecke Library impression.
Finney, Michael ; Oct., 2000 ; Acquisitions no.: 2000-10-16-1.
Mounted to 33 x 34 cm.
"The interior of a carcass-butcher's slaughter-house, the carcasses of animals suspended from the wall. Through the doorway (l.) is seen a rock rising from the sea on which stands a bellowing bull; at the base of the rock is a British fleet. Napoleon, the butcher, with cleaver and knife, makes frantic efforts to reach the (distant) bull, but is restrained by Talleyrand who holds him round the waist. He wears top-boots, one inscribed '7 Leagues', with apron, and rolled-up shirt-sleeves, showing 'R T' [? 'Returned Transport'] branded on his left. arm. On one flap of Talleyrand's oddly shaped cocked hat is a cross, to indicate the ci-devant Bishop of Autun. The head of the Russian bear looks in at the door, gazing menacingly at Napoleon. In the foreground lies a bulky body from which head, hands, and feet have been chopped; to it is skewered a paper: 'Germanic Body'; the severed r. hand lies on a paper inscribed 'Hanover'. On the extreme left. is a round wicker cage surmounted by the Papal tiara, inscribed: 'From Rome and Not worth Killing'; it contains a fox and other small animals. On the extreme right. is a dog-kennel inscribed 'Prussia' and 'Put up to Fatten'; from it a lean greyhound on a short chain puts out its head to lap greedily at a trough of 'Consular Whipt Syllabub'. Behind this is the butcher's block, on which lies a cleaver; blood drips from it into a receptacle inscribed 'Treasury'. Behind Napoleon, in a trough inscribed 'Jaffa Cross Breed', are the bodies of six turbaned Moslems; blood gushes from the trough into a tank inscribed 'Glory'. On the wall hang carcasses, &c. (l. to r.): a ram ticketed 'True Spanish - Fleec'd'; a bleeding calf's head, a simian creature with a tail labelled 'Native Breed'; an ass, ticketed 'From Switzerland', a bloated pig 'From Holland'. Below the title: 'New Style - No Quarter Day!' The verses are a dialogue between 'Boney and Talley' on the possibilities of plunder and conquest. Talleyrand restrains Bonaparte from a mad rush at the bull, regardless of the intervening water. ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Corsican carcase-butcher's reckoning day
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Harvey, Francis
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Riviere & Son
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, prince de Bénévent, 1754-1838
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1803
Broadside poems -- England -- London -- 1803
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1803
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1803
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