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Nursing the Spawn of a Tyrant or Frenchmen Sick of the Breed
From Tegg's Caricatures (London, c. 1811)

Thomas Rowlandson, British, 1756 - 1827

Geography:
Made in England, Europe

Date:
1811

Medium:
Hand-colored etching

Dimensions:
Plate: 13 11/16 x 9 3/4 inches (34.8 x 24.7 cm) Sheet: 15 15/16 x 10 1/4 inches (40.5 x 26 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-102-122

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1988

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Label:
The Empress Marie Louise, Austrian princess and second wife of Napoleon, is so appalled by her son Napoleon II's behavior that a bishop gives her a glass of "composing draught." The child's features resemble those of his father, who looks on. The print is one of many anti-Napoleonic caricatures published by British artists during the lengthy wars between Britain and France, when no opportunity was lost to invent propaganda that amplified British virtue and denigrated French power.