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Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Shannon Selin » September 25th, 2016, 7:24 pm

Napoleon's 1815 defeat and exile to St. Helena provided opportunity for the last great blast of Napoleonic caricatures. Here's a look at some of them:
http://shannonselin.com/2016/09/caricatures-napoleon-st-helena/.

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Re: Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Josh&Historyland » September 26th, 2016, 4:52 pm

Fun post, Shannon. I like the three panel job, the view from the Bellerophon and those rat ones the best. I don't know if Napoleon ever saw these, but the Duke of Wellington used to take an obtuse interest in his own rather mercilless caricatures, and would save the best to show to his friends.

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Re: Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Shannon Selin » September 27th, 2016, 4:59 am

Thanks, Josh. I expect Napoleon's entourage would have tried to keep these out of his sight. He didn't have much of an ability to laugh at himself. I didn't know that about Wellington - love the thought of him chuckling over his caricatures.

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Re: Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Josh&Historyland » September 27th, 2016, 4:36 pm

It is indeed a delightful image.

Actually, Lally it occurs to me that I might have been somewhat remiss in regards to your book. Last year I was busy with Waterloo Posts, and knowing how far we are apart in terms of postage it must have slipped my mind. (Unless I am forgetting something).
Yet I had meant to at least ask if you wanted to send me a book to review. You have always been so kind in sharing what I have written, so I don't want you to think that I was, or indeed am, disinterested in Napoleon in America.

Anyway I thought I should let you know that you can feel free to contact me in this regard if you ever need to.
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Re: Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Shannon Selin » October 10th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Hi Josh,

I think you may have confused me with our mutual friend Lally Brown, who was looking for reviewers for The Countess, Napoleon and St. Helena: In Exile With the Emperor 1815 to 1821, a lovely book that intersperses Fanny Bertrand's experiences on St. Helena with Lally's own experiences living in the Bertrands' cottage.

Having said that, I'd be honoured if you wanted to review Napoleon in America. I'll follow up with you privately on that.

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Re: Caricatures of Napoleon on St. Helena

Postby Josh&Historyland » October 10th, 2016, 8:42 pm

:shock: :oops:
Yes, quite. I recall tweeting to Lally on the day I wrote this and must not have been paying attention. I do beg pardon.
Excellent, I'll look out for the DM.

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