1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25 x 34.8 cm., on sheet 31 x 46 cm.
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
"The Russian bear (left), standing on its hindlegs on the edge of a narrow stream, 'The Vistula', holds Napoleon in its forepaws. Talleyrand steps out of the stream on to the further bank (right), blowing a trumpet from which issues a billowing cloud on which he writes a dispatch with a large pen. The upper waters of the stream are inscribed 'The Bug'; a placard on a post in the water is inscribed: 'Hic Jacet - Snug - in the Bug - several thousand of the Great Nation.' The bear says: "Hush a bye! Hush a bye! take it all quietly - you'll soon find yourself as Snug as a Bug in a Rugg". Napoleon, gesticulating wildly towards Talleyrand, says: "Oh D----n the bug. I wish I had never seen it. My Dear Talley - dont tell my faithfull subjects the true state of my Situation - any thing but the truth my Dear Tally. Oh this cursed Russian Bear how close he hug me." Talleyrand, his back to his master, answers, "Leave me alone for a Bulletin." Two clouds issue from his trumpet: the smaller and darker rises: '7,000 Prisoners, 3000 drowned, 12 Eagles taken, 6,000[?] Killed.' The other cloud descends, on it Talleyrand has written, his pen by the final word: 'For Paris Grand Bulletin The august Emperor of the great Nation, informs his faithfull and beloved Subjects, that having performed Wonders on the banks of the Bug. he has now closed a glorious campaign for the season, and retired with Ease and Comfort into Winter Quarters - '. He wears a mitre, bag-wig, a gown over his suit kilted up by a girdle from which swings a rosary and an ink-pot resembling a bowl for holy water. His right leg has a bowed shin, and his shoe is raised on blocks. On the ground by the bear are Napoleon's large bicorne and sword. Behind (left) is part of the façade of a 'State Prison', surmounted by a Russian Eagle, and inscribed 'Prisoners of War.' The races of French prisoners are pressed against heavily barred windows. In the background is a large encampment."--British Museum online catalogue.
Eylau, Battle of, Bagrationovsk, Russia, 1807. National emblems--Russian.
Napoleon--I,--Emperor of the French,--1769-1821--Caricatures and cartoons. Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de,--prince de Bénévent,--1754-1838--Caricatures and cartoons. Walker, Elizabeth, active 1789-1817, publisher.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10710
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