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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Corsican and his blood hounds at the window of the Thuilleries looking over Paris. 16 Apr 1815

RCIN 810945

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This print reflects the fear felt throughout Europe at Napoleon’s return to power after his escape from Elba. The Emperor (‘The Corsican’ in reference to his place of birth) stands at the window of the Tuileries Palace looking over the streets of Paris. A figure of Death points to the riot in the street below, while a devil embraces Napoleon and his general, Marshal Ney. The sun disappears behind a cloud, and the balustrade of the balcony is inscribed with the consequences of Napoleon’s return: ‘More horrors, death and destruction’.