Thursday 5 February 2015

Bonaparte at BM

Today The British Museum opened its own satirical contribution to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon is a free display in Room 90 showing printed propaganda that either reviled or glorified Napoleon Bonaparte on both sides of the English Channel. It explores how his formidable career coincided with the peak of political satire as an art form. Shown is James Gillray's hand-coloured etching The plumb-pudding in danger: -or-state epicures taking un petit souper (1805). The display chuckles along until 16 August (CLICK).


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