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'Democracy; - or - a sketch of the life of Buonaparte' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Lucien Bonaparte; Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 12 May 1800
12 1/8 in. x 18 3/8 in. (309 mm x 467 mm) paper size
- Lucien Bonaparte (1775-1840), 1st Prince of Canino and Musignano and politician. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-14. Sitter associated with 86 portraits.
- Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748-1836), Consul of the Republic. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Art and science
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to the Lyrical Ballads
; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
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