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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Two Kings of Terror. 1813

Hand-coloured etching with aquatint | 41.1 x 25.1 cm (sheet of paper) (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810912

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Rowlandson shows Napoleon and Death sitting face to face on the battlefield of Leipzig. Behind them the French are vanquished by an allied army. The battle was a major defeat for Napoleon, who was forced to retreat to France. Rowlandson’s print records a large illuminated picture placed outside the shop of his publisher Rudolph Ackermann to celebrate the victory. Probably acquired during the reign of Queen Victoria Cat. 86