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James Gillray, 1756–1815
Buonaparte, Hearing of Nelson's Victory, Swears by His Sword, to Extirpate the English off the Earth (from: Caricature, vol. 1)
Materials & Techniques:
Etching, hand-colored
Sheet: 13 x 9 3/4in. (33 x 24.8cm)

Lettered inside image, upper center: "'What? our Fleet captur'd & destroy'd by the Slaves of Britain? | by my Sword & by holy Mahomet I swear eternal Vengeance! - yes, | when I have subjected Egypt, subdued the Arabs, the Druses & the Maronites; | become master of Syria, - turn'd the great River Euphrates, & saild upon it through | the sandy Desarts; compel'd to my assitance, the Bedouins, Tuscomans, Kurds, | Armenians, & Persians; form'd a Million of Cavalry, & pass'd them upon Rafts | six or Seven Hundred Miles over the Bosphorus, I shall enter Constantinople | Now I enter the Theatre of Europe, I establish the Republic of Greece, | I raise Poland from its ruins, I make Prussia bend ye knee to France; | I chain up the Russian Bear; I cut the Head from ye Imperial Eagle; | I drive the ferocious English from the Archipelago - I hunt them | from the Mediterranean, & blot them out from the catalogue of | Nations! Then shall the conquer'd Earth sue for Peace, | & an Obelisk be erected at Constantinople, inscribed, | To Buonoparte, Conqueror of the World, | & extirpater of the | English Nation.'"; lettered below image; lower center: "BUONAPARTE, hearing of Nelson's Victory, swears by his Sword, to Extirpate the English from off the Earth. | See Buonaparte's Speech to the French Army at Cairo: publish'd by authority of the Directory in Volney's Letters."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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