Lot 176
Rare satirical engraving Napoleon and rat army

Estimate: $400 - $600

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Satirical engraving: Napoleon & his rat army. 

“Alte Liebe rostet nicht, oder Beschaftigung des grossen Manned auf der kleinen Ratten-Insel Sanct Helena.”

German print, c. 1815/16. Some creasing in edgewear, like toning, mainly outside the plate mark. Rare. 

British museum: a satire Napoleon the first exile on Saint Helena, showing the former emperor now reduced to leading an army of rats in their war against the cats; he is seen standing at right, holding his sword aloft, while rats armed with bayonet charge to the left; in the foreground some rats are seen carrying cannons. British museum number 2012, 7029. 6.  

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