In this sheet the Spanish army, led by King Ferdinand, processes onto a battlefield. The king and nobles carry banners proclaiming "Ferdinand VII, Liberty or Death." A cat crying "Mewrat" (Murat was then Napoleon's Lieutenant General of Spain), races ahead of the procession and chases rats, marked with a "bulls-eye" tricolor. Towards the rear of the procession (upper right), Cruikshank has even included gun-bearing friars ready to join in the battle. Near the upper left border of the frame, Britannia, seated in clouds, rains down cannons, shot and other weapons onto the open field.
Published by Samuel W. Fores, 1808-07-20. Mary George comments: 'The Spanish Juntas made war in the name of Ferdinand VII, though he had abjectly renounced his claims and was interned in France.' Additionally, the clergy and many academics--university students and professors--participated in the rebellion.
Caption: Pubd by S W Fores No 50 Piccadilly July 20th 1808
Dialogue: Brittania: "The Nation that has spirit to throw off the yoke of the Tyrant of France, is that moment an ally of Great Britain."
Dialogue: Mew Rat there...Mew Rat there
Dialogue: "A Gallant Spaniard will never submit to be Governed by the Brother of a Monkey."
"The noble Spaniards. Or Britannia assisting the course of freedom all over the world, whither friend or foe!"
Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires.
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