British satire shows Napoleon with his grenadiers driving the members of the Council of Five Hundred from the Orangery at St Cloud at bayonet point. A drum is labelled “Vive la Liberte, the tricolour flag bears the words “Vive le Triumverate, Buonaparte Seyes[sic], Ducos”, and papers underfoot read “Resignation des Directoires” and “Un liste de Membres du Conseil des Cinque Cents.” James Gillray was the dominant British caricaturist of his period, producing popular savage cartoons of the court of George III and of the French Revolution and of Napoleon.
MEDIUM: 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; 25.2 × 36 cm (sheet) CREATED/PUBLISHED: [London] : Publishd by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street, 1799 Novr. 21st.
NOTES: Title from item. Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9426
Forms part of: Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon (Library of Congress).
Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).
Unprocessed in WOOD/Gillray.118 Hoff, Syd. Editorial and political cartooning, p. 38; Parton, James, Caricature and other comic art, p. 153, 267–68 — ljr