The Corsican bloodhound, beset by the bears of Russia

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A satire on Napoleon’s Russian campaign. A large hound with the head of Napoleon in his bicorne hat with a feather colored red, white and blue, flees in terror towards the right, pursued by a pack of charging bears (Russia). The handle of a kettle with the words “Moskow tin-kettle etched in its side is tied to the hound’s tail, its contents spilling out — Famine, Oppression, Frost, Mortality, Destruction, Death, Horror, Moskow annihilation. The collar around his next reads “From Moskow” and the chain drags along on the ground. In the distance a city in flames.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1814, printmaker.
  • TitleThe Corsican bloodhound, beset by the bears of Russia [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Pudb. Marh. 7th 1813 by Thos. Tegg. 111 Cheapside, London, [7 March 1813]

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The little princess and Gulliver

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“Princess Charlotte (three-quarter length) stands at a table looking into a large (chinoiserie) punch-bowl (right) in which Bonaparte frantically swims towards her, among agitated waves, his large hat floating in the water. The Princess, very mature for her seven years, wears a cap with a jewelled fillet inscribed ‘Ich Di[en]’ in which are three feathers. Round her neck on a rope of pearls hangs an oval miniature of the Prince of Wales. She holds her left fist over the bowl, saying, “There you impertinent boasting swaggering Pigmy, – take that, – You attempt to take my Grandpap’s Crown indeed, and plunder all his Subjects, Fillet you know that the Spirit and Indignation of every Girl in the Kingdom is roused at your Insolence.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerWilliams, C. (Charles), active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • TitleThe little princess and Gulliver [graphic].
  • Published[London : Pubd Octobr 21st 1803 by S.W.Fores 50 Piccadilly, 21 October 1803]

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Cossack sports, or, The Platoff hunt in full cry after French game

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A satire on Napoleon’s Russian campaign. “Cossacks, led by Platoff, pursue, across a river, a fox with the head and huge bicorne of Napoleon. The Russians ride their horses through the water. The fox, larger in scale than the other figures, takes a flying leap to the shore (right). He says: “Hark, I hear the Cry of Cossacks. The [sic] have got Scent of me -I must take to my heels once more, the are close to my Brush.” His tail is inscribed ‘Corsican Fox’. Across the lower edge of the design runs a strip of land on which are frogs; one, inscribed ‘French Frog’, waddles off, while one on the extreme left is being speared. Of the other frogs a few turn to oppose the Cossacks with bayonets; these have a tricolour flag; the majority are escaping to the right, a row of heads and sloped bayonets, with one eagle. Platoff, whose high fur cap has a long plume inscribed ‘Platoff’, riding with levelled spear, shouts: “Hark forward my boys get along! he runs in view. Yoics. Yoics. There he goes, Tally-ho!” His daughter, in the middle distance, rides through the water, pointing with the hand that holds the reins, and raising a whip; she shouts: “Hi, ho, Tally, ho! For a husband.” Cossacks gallop up from the background (left), leap from a low cliff into the river, and swim through it, one carrying a standard with the Russian eagle, behind the two Platoffs. In the background is a town flying a flag inscribed ‘Leapsic’; tiny horsemen, evidently Cossacks, gallop out of the city gate.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1814, printmaker.
  • TitleCossack sports, or, The Platoff hunt in full cry after French game [graphic] / Wm. E.
  • Publication[London : Pubd. Novr. 9th 1813 by Thos. Tegg, No. 111 Cheapside, 9 November 1813]

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813.11.09.01 Impression 2

Acquired June 2015

A tit bit for a Cossack

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A satire on Napoleon in Russia. The daughter of Count Platoff stands full face, erect, dashing, and alluring, on a snowy mound. Her right hand supports a spear from which floats a banner inscribed: ‘I General Count Platoff. promise to give my Daughter in Marriage and 2000 Rubles – to any Cossack, Russian, Prusian, German, Sweede, Turk, John Bull, Sauny Bull Paddy Bull or any other Bull, who shall bring Me the Head of Little Bony dead or a live.’ She wears fur-trimmed cap with a long hussar-bag, long high-waisted fur-bordered pelisse, with a cape, fur-trimmed boots, and large ear-rings. The words ‘Hih “ho” for a Husband’ issue from closed and smiling lips. With her left hand she points behind her to the right and to the little figure of Napoleon on skates, wearing a large plumed bicorne, and brandishing his sabre; he deserts his snow-bound army, saying, “O” ho” bygare I had best be Off.” He strides past the heads of soldiers emerging from snow, together with bayonets, and a French flag; behind him the French army marches in close ranks, with one eagle and one flag. On the left is another column of tiny soldiers indicated by heads, bayonets, an eagle, and flags. In the clouds, airborne as in No. 11992 (British Museum catalogue), are two bands of galloping Cossacks, one (right) seems about to swoop down on Napoleon. Heavy clouds frame slanting rays which make a background for Platoff’s daughter. At her feet are two money–bags both inscribed ‘1,000 Rubles’, which disgorge coins. Behind them a kneeling Cupid aims his bow towards the ‘cloud of Cossacks’ on the left.”–British Museum catalogue.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1814, printmaker.
  • TitleA tit bit for a Cossack, or, The Platoff prize, for the head of Buonaparte [graphic] / Wm. Es.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by Thos Tegg, 111 Cheapside, Jany. 4th 1813.

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Acquired June 2015


Letter : Bath, [to] Nathaniel Chauncy

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Autographed signed letter from William Melmoth to Nathaniel Chauncy “concerning … Coxe’s picture in my old friend’s your brother’s collection.”

  • AuthorMelmoth, William, 1710?-1799.
  • TitleLetter : Bath, [to] Nathaniel Chauncy, 1779 May 9.

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LWL Mss File 129

Acquired June 2015


The King’s dwarf plays Gulliver a trick

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A satire on Napoleon. A corpulent King George sits at his dining table before a large dinner plate with utensils decorated with his crest in gold. From a hollow upright bone pops an image of the slight Napoleon in full uniform with his arms posed to box. Above King George’s head are etched the lines: “There you little insignificant pigmy, I’ve bone’d you.”

  • PrintmakerWilliams, C. (Charles), active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • TitleThe King’s dwarf plays Gulliver a trick [graphic].
  • Published[London] : Pubd October 18th 1803 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly [18 October 1803]

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Acquired June 2015