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- subject matching 'Napoleon'

Unlike his English targets, Gillray was never able to observe Napoleon in the flesh; he relied on French engravings to provide images on which to base his caricatures. Early prints such as Buonaparté leaving Egypt (D12727) show the influence of authentic portraits, but it is in the character of 'Little Boney', first seen on 1 January 1803, that Gillray established a lasting image that was taken up by other caricaturists. The earliest appearance of this characterisation was in German nonchalence - or - the vexation of little Boney (D12798), but the diminutive, capering, ranting figure in Maniac-ravings - or - little Boney in a strong fit (D12811) perhaps best expresses the way in which the character developed.

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Napoléon Bonaparte ('Fighting for the dunghill: - or - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12666

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Fighting for the dunghill: - or - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 November 1798
NPG D12666

Napoleon Bonaparte, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12671

Napoleon Bonaparte

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 8 December 1798
NPG D12671

Napoleon Bonaparte, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12714

Napoleon Bonaparte

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 November 1799
NPG D12714

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Buonaparté leaving Egypt'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12727

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Buonaparté leaving Egypt')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 8 March 1800
NPG D12727

'Introduction of Citizen Volpone and his suite, at Paris', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12794

'Introduction of Citizen Volpone and his suite, at Paris'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 15 November 1802
NPG D12794

'German-nonchalence; - or - the vexation of little Boney' (Ludwig, Count Starhemberg; Napoléon Bonaparte), by and published by James Gillray - NPG D12798

'German-nonchalence; - or - the vexation of little Boney' (Ludwig, Count Starhemberg; Napoléon Bonaparte)

by and published by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 1 January 1803
NPG D12798

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Maniac-ravings - or - little Boney in a strong fit - '), by and published by James Gillray - NPG D12811

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Maniac-ravings - or - little Boney in a strong fit - ')

by and published by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1803
NPG D12811

'The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver' (Napoléon Bonaparte; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12815

'The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver' (Napoléon Bonaparte; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 26 June 1803
NPG D12815

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Buonapartè, 48 hours after landing!'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12817

Napoléon Bonaparte ('Buonapartè, 48 hours after landing!')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 26 July 1803
NPG D12817

'Death of the Corsican-fox - scene the last, of the royal-hunt' (King George III; Napoléon Bonaparte), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12818

'Death of the Corsican-fox - scene the last, of the royal-hunt' (King George III; Napoléon Bonaparte)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 July 1803
NPG D12818

Napoléon Bonaparte ('John Bull offering little Boney fair play'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12819

Napoléon Bonaparte ('John Bull offering little Boney fair play')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 August 1803
NPG D12819

'The hand-writing upon the wall', by and published by James Gillray - NPG D12820

'The hand-writing upon the wall'

by and published by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 24 August 1803
NPG D12820

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The arms of France'), by James Gillray, published by  John Hatchard - NPG D12822

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The arms of France')

by James Gillray, published by John Hatchard
hand-coloured etching, published 6 September 1803
NPG D12822

'Evacuation of Malta' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13039

'Evacuation of Malta' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured soft-ground etching, published 9 February 1803
NPG D13039

'Boney and Talley' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevento), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13101

'Boney and Talley' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince de Benevento)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published September 1803
NPG D13101

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The Corsican-pest; - or - Belzebub going to supper'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13102

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The Corsican-pest; - or - Belzebub going to supper')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 6 October 1803
NPG D13102

'Britannia between death and the doctor's', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12830

'Britannia between death and the doctor's'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1804
NPG D12830

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The genius of France nursing her darling'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12838

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The genius of France nursing her darling')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 26 November 1804
NPG D12838