The Imperial divorce
Satria delt. ; Brocas etchd.
Plate in 'The Hibernian Magazine and Dublin Monthly Panorama', No.1 (January 1810) featuring Josephine and Napoleon sitting side by side on thrones - Napoleon has removed his wedding ring and announces his intention to divorce Josephine in order to secure an heir, saying "I must have issue". Josephine replies "For the benefit of the Empire I resign my husband". Pope Pius VII kneels at Napoleon's feet [with the words "I am fallen indeed" inscribed on the plate alongside him] as clergy including a bishop remarks "We are all agree'd in this matter". Marie Louise stands behind Josephine weeping, saying "I would prefer even Jerome"; her father Francis II reproaches her, saying "Take him with a good grace or I am undone".
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Catalogue of political and personal satires in the British Museum
Physical description: 1 print : hand coloured etching, 23.5 x 30.9 cm..
Citations/References: Butler, P., Brocas collection p. 110.
Citations/References: Catalogue of political and personal satires in the British Museum. Vol.VIII 11529
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