Snuffing Out Boney!

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British (London, England 1792 - 1878 London, England)
Snuffing Out Boney!, May 1 1814
19th century
Hand-colored etching
34.5 x 24 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Reid 320; Cohn (1924) 1992; Douglas 701; Hatje 17
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Peter G. and Elizabeth S. Neumann
, 2009.139
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.
British Museum
inscription: l.l in plate: G Cruikshank fec
inscription: l.r. in plate: Pub May 1 1818 by T Tegg no III Cheapside
JB Neumann [between 1932 and 1961]. Bequested to Elsa Schmid Neumann and Peter Neumann [1961-2009]. Harvard Art Museum