Napoleon, the First and Last
Unknown, After Johann Michael Voltz
This print is an English-language version of a popular German satirical broadside first published in 1813 after Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig. Above a list of mocking and defamatory titles for the emperor appears his “hieroglyphic” profile portrait made up of scornful imagery including the tangled corpses left behind by his armies. Although the meaning of some of the various symbols was lost or changed in the English translation, the original version describes the hat as a Prussian eagle griping Napoleon in its claws, and shows Germany ensnared by the French imperial spider and web, which in turn is being pulled apart by a hand bearing the initials of the allied forces that fought against the emperor.
Etching, letterpress, and watercolor (hand coloring) on wove paper
sheet: 18 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (47 × 29.8 cm)
image: 17 × 9 3/8 in. (43.2 × 23.8 cm) (show scale)
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Bequest of Marion Reilly
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Unknown. Napoleon, the First and Last. Etching, letterpress, and watercolor (hand coloring) on wove paper, sheet: 18 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (47 × 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Marion Reilly, 29.1619.19 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.1619.19_PS1.jpg)
overall, 29.1619.19_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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