Bloody Boney the carcas butcher left of trade and retiring to scarecrow island.

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Bloody Boney the carcas butcher left of trade and retiring to scarecrow island.
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Thomas Rowlandson
Bloody boney the carcas butcher left of trade and retiring to scarecrow island.
Pubd 12 April 1814 by Tho Tegg London
Etching
Original hand coloouring
250 x 350 mm
£320
Napoleon, riding on an ass, with Marie Louise seated behind him, approaches the coast, with the 'Island of Elba' on the horizon (right). Just in front of him the King of Rome rides a mastiff inscribed 'Corsican Dog'; the child points with a switch at the island, and looks round at his father registering furious anger. Napoleon stares in agonized dismay, his hands raised in astonished protest. He wears a peaked cap inscribed 'Fools Cap'; the coat of his accustomed uniform, breeches unbuttoned at the knee, and wrinkled stocking showing bare leg. In front of him hangs a small sack: 'Bag of Brown Bread'. Marie Louise (see No. 12218) is a dishevelled termagant, her left hand resting heavily on Napoleon's shoulder. She turns to thrash the donkey, her open mouth indicating an angry scream; she raises a bludgeon inscribed 'Baton Marechâle' [cf. No. 12088]. The boy wears a single garment over bare legs; a tight childish cap is tied to his head; from his waist hangs a dagger. The dog bays at the sight of the sea. Behind the ass walks an elderly and old-fashioned French post-boy, with heavy boots and whip and wearing a cocked hat. He clenches a fist, and extends a leg as if kicking, and screams: "Be gar you Cocquin now I shall drive my Old Friends and bonne Customers de English Vive Le Roi et le Poste Royale." Beside the ass's head is the upright of a gibbet-shaped sign-post inscribed 'Road to Elba'; from this hangs a noose. Two carrion birds fly past it towards Napoleon, one holding in its beak a paper: 'We Long to pick your Bones.' Over Elba is the customary flight of (carrion) birds. Against the shore lie two small boats, one has a mast; in the other sits a man.
BM 12219