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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Flight of Buonaparte from Hell-Bay. 7 Apr 1815

Hand-coloured etching with aquatint | 35.4 x 25.6 cm | RCIN 810942

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A hand-coloured print of Napoleon who attempts to escape from a fiery pit of hell, whilst balancing his right foot on a bubble that has been blown from the pipe of the Devil. Napoleon, using a sword, fights two green dragons that impede his escape and which breathe fire at him. The Devil sits back in his chair, amused at the sight and holds a clay pipe from which hangs a second bubble, with other demons seated around.