Handkerchief, commemorative, 'Stage of Europe', plate printed cotton, unknown maker, [Germany or England], c. 1812
Square of plain weave cotton fabric, in yellowish beige with a dark red [rose madder dye] monochrome print. Plate printed with the copper plate probably etched. The design is composed of a central octagonal panel, surrounded by eight smaller panels which form a border. Each panel contains a scene from the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, together with a caption in both English and German. The episodes depicted are generally anti Napoleonic. The scenes include:
A. "Bonaparte destroying the patriotic but unfortunate Tousaint L'Overture" with picture of Hoffer.
B. "Bonaparte after a mock trial ordering the Duke D'Enghein to be shot"
C. "Bonaparte meanly betraying his officers and cowardly deserting his troops in Egypt", with a picture of Herman Friese, shot at Bremen in April 1813"
D. "Bonaparte ordering his soldiers to fire upon the Turkish Prisoner at Jaffa."
E. "Bonaparte in Egypt professing himself a Mohametan, and trampling on the bible" with a picture of T.S.Christophe shot at Moscow - 1812.
F. "Bonaparte receiving Josephine the cast off mistress of Barras with the command of the army of Italy"
G. "Bonaparte wickedly and ungratefully depriving his holiness the Pope of his territorial possessions" with a picture of Schill
H. "Bonaparte and the infamous Godoy defrauding Ferdinand the VII of his just rights at Bayonne"
I. "Victory seized his sword as it fell from his hand saying 'Europe your freedom secure" Then hung it aloft in the Temple of Fame, a trophy to Russia while time shall remain, or the page of history shall endure"
Stage of Europe Dec. 1812"
Edges of handkerchief are hand hemmed.
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