The powers of Europe as alchemists who dissolve the alliance of German princes with Napoleon. Coloured etching by T. Rowlandson, 1813.
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827.
- Dec. 12 1813
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In the centre, Napoleon is being heated in a glass vessel by numerous chemists representing the different countries allied against him: left to right, Poles and Cossacks (seated around table), the Pope (holding vials containing Fulminating Powder and Wrath), Sweden (Bernadotte pouring Sulphat of Swedish Iron into the receiver), Great Britain (John Bull feeding coals into the German stove), a Dutchman with a clay pipe (using the bellows), a Don Quixote-like figure representing Spain (using a pestle and mortar inscribed Saragossa), and others representing the German states
Political chemist and German retorts or desolving the Rhenish confederacy
London (N. 101 Strand) : R. Ackermann, Dec. 12 1813.
1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 24 x 34.4 cm
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. 9, London 1949, no. 12122
Wellcome Library no. 543329i
The depiction of the Polish chemists on the left and the Spanish pharmacist on the right show an awareness of the paintings of alchemists by and after David Teniers the younger, as do the alchemist's paraphernalia lightly etched in the background
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