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The Spanish bull fight or the Corsican matador in danger


Napoleon, the Corsican Matador, has successfully wounded several bulls that represent Prussia, Denmark and Holland. In his attempt to slay the Spanish bull, he has been gored in the backside by the animal in revolt. Although Napoleon has been injured, and Joseph Bonaparte trampled in the ring, the Spanish bull has been stabbed by Napoleon's sword. Monarchs comfortably sitting behind a stage wall in the "Theatre of Europe" watch over the fight and cheer the bull forward.
British Museum, BM 10997a. This sheet, published by James Miller, is a copy after Gillray's engraving originally published by Humphrey, 1808-06-11.
Caption: "The Spanish Bull is so remarkable for the Spirit, that unless the Matador strikes him Dead at the First Blow, the Bull is sure to destroy him; - vide Barretti's Travels."
Caption: Wounded Bulls bellowing for help
Inscription: 1808
Label(s): Prussian Bull Beef, Dutch Bull Beef, Danish Bull Beef
Miscellaneous: "The Bull for Excommunicating the Corsican Usurper."
Miscellaneous: "Coronation de Joseph Boanaparte Rex Espagnol--Gibralter--&c. Nap."

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"The Spanish bull fight or the Corsican matador in danger" (1808). Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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