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Russian peasants teach Boney how to dance


Two Russian peasants teach Napoleon to "dance." Napoleon stands between a seated figure who plays a horn (l.), and figure who holds a whip (r.). The peasant with a whip leans menacingly toward Napoleon and instructs him by pointing to the ground and directing his feet. Napoleon in turn attempts to oblige--he raises one arm overhead and struts backward with one leg thrown out in front of him. According to Broadley, Russian caricatures of Napoleon are virtually unknown before the French invasion. Terebenev, one of the best known Russian caricaturists, took his lead from counterparts in Britain. In turn, George Cruikshank engraved several of Terebenev's designs for the British market. Broadley attributes this cross fertilization to the Tzar's realization of the efficacy caricatures had as patriotic propaganda in Britain. This image is printed on pale blue paper.

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"Russian peasants teach Boney how to dance" (1812). Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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