• Creator
  • [Gillray, James 1757-1815]
  • Created Date
  • [1803]
  • Description
  • 1803 was a year of alarm and terror for England. It was widely believed that Napoleon planned to invade England, and didn't care how many men he lost. He was reputed to have said: "I can afford 10,000 men a day." The drawing shows this callous disregard for his troops at the same time it belittles Napoleon's capacity to successfully invade England. Napoleon sits on the shoulders of Talleyrand (an influential French diplomat and Minister of For... more
    1803 was a year of alarm and terror for England. It was widely believed that Napoleon planned to invade England, and didn't care how many men he lost. He was reputed to have said: "I can afford 10,000 men a day." The drawing shows this callous disregard for his troops at the same time it belittles Napoleon's capacity to successfully invade England. Napoleon sits on the shoulders of Talleyrand (an influential French diplomat and Minister of Foreign Affairs), peering through a rolled-up document. The document is Talleyrand's plan for the invasion, clearly a disaster from its inception since the French gunboats are outclassed by the British fleet. (Talleyrand was never a general.) Reference Source: George #10125. less
  • Format
  • image
    print
    Etching, hand colored
    on sheet 18 x 22 cm.
    Scanned from original drawing in RGB at 200-400 dpi, saved in TIFF format, changed to indexed color, enhanced and resized using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm software's JPEG2000 Extension. 2006