This sheet imagines Napoleon's surrender to Captain Maitland and a group of British sailors on the British ship, the Bellerophon. Napoleon (center), pleading his case, removes his hat and elegantly bows towards Maitland (center right), who in turn bows slightly and receives the petitions with a smirk. Napoleon's grotesque crew (l.), made up of a barber, cook, a washer-woman and several sailors, meekly approach the robust, hearty British sailors (r.), who look on with smug grins and grimaces of disgust. This print has been affixed to another piece of paper that borders the edges of the original sheet (measurement with border 44x32). Otherwise, the print shows signs of having been folded but is in good condition.
Published by Johnson, 1815-07-24. Possibly in the Hoffman Collection? -- # on border mount P1623. George notes that this celebratory print was published in timely response to the event of Napoleon's surrender on 15 July, 1815. News of the surrender reached London on 21 July and was celebrated throughout the city. Napoleon's surrender to a British Captain on a British ship was considered by many Englishmen to indicate the supremacy of the British empire in Europe.
Dialogue: Napoleon: "Oh Mr. Bull I am so happy to see you I always had a great regard for the British sailors, they are such noble fellows, so brave, so generous!! You see I am in a great deal of trouble, but I hope you will take pity on me & my suite. Namely, my Barber my Cook, my Washerwoman together with a few of my brave generals who ran away with me from the Battle of Waterloo, and I do assure you we all feel great pleasure in surrendering to the good English. I should feel extremly obliged if you wo'd take us to America, but if you will not I beg you will take us to England for I hate those Bears & cursed cossacks. And as for the French nation now: why they may be D__d, Old England forever I say."
Dialogue: Capt. Maitland: "Indeed Mr. Boney I am greatly obliged to you for your compliments & I assure you we are as happy to receive you as you are to surrender. I'm afraid they would not take care of you in America that they will in England therefore I shall conduct you to the latter place as quick as possible."
Dialogue: Other British sailors: "I say Jack do you think they'll clap him in Exeter Change amongst wild Beasts?!!" "No I suppose as how he'll be put in the Monkey's den in the Tower, or else they'll send him about with the Dancing Bear." "My eyes! What a sneaking hound he is."
Dialogue: The French: "Vivent les Anglais," "Vivent les Anglais."
"Complements and congees or little Boney's surrender to the tars of Old England!!!"
Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires.
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