ANONYMOUS – Le Carnaval de 1814, ou Le macaroni Impérial. (France), n.d. (c. 1814)
Plate: 215 x 283mm; Sheet: 250 x 387mm; Hand-coloured etching; with stitching holes in upper margin, light soiling
A rare French caricature against Napoleon and Cambacéres. Both wear carnival costumes, one as Harlequin the other as Punch. Cambacéres serves up a macaroni dish of conscriptions for different years whilst Bonaparte paying for it with gold coins. A cripple stands behind them and comments that only a Louis can save him.
British Museum (online) 1856,0712.648; Broadley D 43; Arenenberg 205