Maniac-raving's, or, Little Boney in a strong fit [graphic] : vide Lord W-, account of a visit to [the] Thuilleries / J. Gillray inv. & fect.

Pubd. May 24th, 1803, by Js. Gillray, St. James Street
[24 May 1803]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 26.0 x 35.3 cm, on sheet 35 x 49 cm
Title from text in top part of image.
Alfred Bowditch Collection; Dec. 1966; Acquisitions no.: 966-12-9-52.
Mounted to 37 x 56 cm.
Watermark: J. Whatman 1811.
"Napoleon stamps in fury, right arm outstretched with clenched fist, left fist on his forehead. His frantic gestures have overturned table (left), 'Consular Chair', and terrestrial globe, both on the extreme right. His huge plumed cocked hat lies on the floor; his (sheathed) sabre is broken. From his head issue swirling words: (left) "English Newspapers- \ English Newspapers!!! \ Oh, English Newspapers!!! \ hated & Betray'd by the French! - Despised by the English! \ & Laughed at, by the whole World!!! \ Treason! Treason! Treason! Georges! [Cadoudal] Arras! de Rolle! Dutheil! O Assassins!! \ O! Sebastiani! Sebastiani! Oh! \ English calumniating Newspapers! \ British Trade & Commerce! - Oh! Oh! Oh! \ Treaty of Amiens! - damnation \ Insolence of British Parliament \ Oh cursed Liberty of y British press! \ Malta! Malta! Malta! \ O Diable \ the Riches! Freedom! & Happiness, of the British Nation!!! \ ha Diable! \ Diable! \ Diable \ O- Egypt! Egypt! Egypt! \ Oh St Domingo! Oh! \ Oh! the Liberty of the British Press \ English Blood-hounds! \ Wyndham! Grenville! Pitt! \ Oh! I'm Murder'd! - I'm Assassinated!! \ London Newspapers! Oh! Oh! Oh! \ Revenge! Revenge! \ come Fire! Sword! Famine! \ Invasion! Invasion! \ Four Hundred & Eighty Thousand Frenchmen \ British Slavery - & everlasting Chains! \ everlasting Chains." Under the overturned writing-table are Napoleon's ink-stand and pen and papers: 'Scheme'; 'List of Future Conquests, Turkey - Persia China'; 'pour le Expedition a la Lune' [see BMSat 9988]; 'Pour Mettre le Thames en Feu dedieĢ a mi Lord Stanhope' [as Francophil Jacobin and inventor of steam navigation, see BMSats 8448, 8640, &c]; 'Pour le Hamburg Gazette'; 'Pour le Moniteur'; 'Pour le Argus'. Against his hat lies a large 'Plan for Invading Great Britain with a list of ye Members of the British Republic'. On other papers he is stamping frantically: 'Wyndham's Speeches'; 'Cobbett's Weekly Journal'; 'Parliament[ary] Debates'; 'Anti-Jacobin Review' [see BMSat 9243, &c.]; 'de Peltier'; 'Lloyds'; 'True Briton'; 'Mor . . . Herald'; 'Times'; 'Wilson's Egypt'; 'Debates'. The globe is damaged: a jagged hole fills the place of Europe, leaving the British Isles untouched. The back of the ornate 'Consular Chair' is decorated with Medusa's head, the snakes in violent action."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Little Boney in a strong fit
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Artist]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Harvey, Francis
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1803
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1803
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