Snuffing Out Boney!
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.139
People
George Cruikshank, British (London, England 1792 - 1878 London, England)
Title
Snuffing Out Boney!
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1814
Culture
British
Location
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hand-colored etching
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
34.5 x 24 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.l in plate: G Cruikshank fec
  • inscription: l.r. in plate: Pub May 1 1818 by T Tegg no III Cheapside
Provenance
JB Neumann [between 1932 and 1961]. Bequested to Elsa Schmid Neumann and Peter Neumann [1961-2009]. Harvard Art Museum
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Reid 320; Cohn (1924) 1992; Douglas 701; Hatje 17
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Peter G. and Elizabeth S. Neumann
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.139
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
A Cossack (right), highly delighted, uses a large pair of snuffers to grip the head of a tiny figure of Napoleon (left), emerging like a candle from a flat candlestick which stands (left) on a three-legged stool. Napoleon's feet are within the socket of the candlestick; he wears uniform, with immense plumes in his bicorne. He stands with fingers outspread, turning his head in profile to the right, his mouth wide open as if shrieking. The Cossack is a large figure, boldly drawn, wearing furred cap with aigrette and a sword. He is in a slightly crouching attitude, right leg extended and resting on the heel, left arm raised, as if dancing (cf. No. 12046). On the wall above Napoleon is a print of a seated Cossack about to place an extinguisher over a tiny and terrified Napoleon.
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3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted