ANONYMOUS – (Optical print of Napoleon as the devil). (France?) n.d. (c. 1814)

Plate: 120 x 80mm; Sheet: 120 x 80mm; Hand-coloured etching; mounted at margins

Satirical print depicting the devil’s head with horns and long donkey ears. Turning the leaf and holding it against the light, a silhouette of Napoleon appears. In 1814 Ackerman in London published a cartoon with the title „Magical print of the destroyer“, recto depicting a devil in whole figure whilst verso a silhouette of Napoleon was printed. There also exist a French version of the Ackerman’s print, but we were unable to locate any copy of the present engraving. Very rare.

Not in BM Satires, Broadley, Arenenberg, Grand-Carteret