Boney & the great state secretary


Napoleon (l.) encounters Charles James Fox (r.) and greets him as an old friend. Fox is resplendent in the clothing of a fine gentleman and pretends not to know Bonaparte is ordering him to leave. Typically Fox is depicted in plain, worn clothing that is often used to signal a disreputable character and revolutionary tendencies. The implication is that as a Minister of the court--elegantly dressed with powdered hair and a bag wig--Fox, like Napoleon, dresses to play the part.
Dialogue: Napoleon (l.): "How do you do Master Charley why/ you are so fine I scarcely knew ye-/ don't you remember me - why I am/ little Boney the Corsican - him that/ you came to see at Paris & very civil/ I was to you. I'm sure if you come my/ way I shall be glad to see you. So/ will my Wife & Family they are/ a little changed in their dress as/ well as you. We shall be very happy/ to take a little Peace soup with you/ when ever you are inclined Master/ Charley"
Dialogue: Fox (r.): "Why you little Corsican reptile, how/ dare you come so near the person of the/ Right Honorable C___ J___ F___ one of his M___/ principle ministers of State. Member/ of the P____ C____ &c. &c. &c. &c. &c. &c. &c./ go to see you!! Arrogant little/ man. Mr. Boney, if you do not in/ stantly Vanish from my sight I'le [sic] break/ every bone in your body - learn to/ behave yourself in a peaceable manner/ nor dare to sey your foot on this happy/ land without my leave."
Inscription: Published Feby. 1806 by Walker, No. 7 Cornhill
Printed Signature: Argus delt.

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Williams, Charles (Ansell), "Boney & the great state secretary" (1806). Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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