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A Grand Manoeuvre! or, The Rogues march to the Island of Elba

George Cruikshank1814-04-13

British Museum

British Museum

In reality Napoleon was treated with dignity after the abdication on 6 April 1814 and retained his title as Emperor, but in this print published only a week later (and another week before Napoleon left Paris), George Cruikshank shows him dragged off by urchins to a boat which a devil will row to Elba, a fiery island where a gallows awaits him. The procession is the humiliating ‘rogue’s march’ of the disgraced soldier who is drummed out of the regiment, a halter around his neck, his coat worn inside out and his hands tied behind his back.

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  • Title: A Grand Manoeuvre! or, The Rogues march to the Island of Elba
  • Creator: George Cruikshank
  • Date Created: 1814-04-13
  • Physical Dimensions: 259 x 353 mm
  • Medium: Hand-coloured etching
  • British Museum website: 1859,0316.72

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