ANONYMOUS – …son nom paraitra, dans le Race future, Aux plus cruels tyrans une cruelle injure. France, n.d. (Spring 1814)
Plate: 240 x 300mm; Sheet: 250 x 337mm; Hand-coloured etching
The title is a paraphrase of Racine’s Britannicus (Act V, scene 6), in which the words are directed by Agrippina to Nero, and relate to the murder of his adoptive brother, Britannicus. Another ancient element in this print is Chronos holding scales, on which the crimes of Robespierre are balanced against Napoleon’s, which outweigh even the revolutionary terror. The sea is coloured blood-red.
de Vinck IV 8920; Arenenberg 212