The progress of the Empress Josephine

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“A sequence of eight libellous representations arranged in two rows, each with a caption. (1) She is stout, homely, and rather truculent as ‘A Planters Daughter.’ (2) As a clumsy and bejewelled parvenue she is ‘A French Countess’. (3) In weeds she holds a handkerchief to one eye: ‘A Widow.’ (4) Elegantly dressed, she holds out heavily shackled wrists: ‘A Prisoner’. (5) Similarly dressed, she raises a forefinger and holds a fan before one eye: ‘A Loose Fish.’ (6) She dances, Maenad-like, snapping thumb and forefinger, as ‘Barras’s Mistress’ [see British Museum Satires No. 10369]. (7) She wears a military tunic and plumed helmet, and holds a riding-switch as ‘A Generals Lady.’ (8) Walking in profile to the left. holding out a sceptre and wearing a jewelled gown and a crown, she is fat and vulgar as ‘An Empress’ [see British Museum Satires No. 10362].”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker:¬†Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: The progress of the Empress Josephine [graphic] / Woodward delt. ; C.W. scult.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. April 20th, 1808, by Thos. Tegg, 111 Cheapside, [20 April 1808]

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Acquired August 2021

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