Satirical etchings of Napoleon's life after James Gillray (1756-1815) the father of the political cartoon. After the French revolution, James Gillray's caricatures ridiculed the Jacobins (the most radical French at the time of the French Revolution) and Napoleon I. These caricatures served to foster nationalism among the English as a response to Bonaparte's threat of an invasion to England. The artist name Jas. Gillray del. appears on the left under each image. Other inscriptions read as follows:
LIFE OF BUONAPARTE.
Pl. 1 DEMOCRATIC INNOCECE. The young Buonaparte & his wretched Relatives in their native Poverty while FreeBooters in the Island of Corsica.
Pl. 2 DEMOCRATIC HUMILITY. Buonaparte when a boy received thro the King's bounty into the Ecole Militaire at Paris.
Pl. 3 DEMOCRATIC GRATITUDE. Buonaparte heading the Regicide Banditti which dethron´d & Murder'd the Monarch whose bounty had foster'd him.
Pl. 4 DEMOCRATIC RELIGION. Buonaparte turning Turk at Cairo for Interest, after swearing on the Sacrament to support e/y Catholic Faith.
The text 'London. Published by John Miller. Bridge Street & W. Blackwood. Edinburgh' is concealed by the mat. The British Museum dates this edition c. 1800. Each sheet has two designs, plate 1 and 2 on one sheet and plate 3 and 4 on the other. They come nicely framed and ready to display. In very good used condition with toning consistent with age. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurement: Frame: 17.1" by 12.4" (43.5 cm by 31.5 cm); Sheet: 12.8" by 10.2" (32.5 cm by 26 cm) approximately.