Exhibition at Bullock's Museum of Bonaparte's Carriage, Taken at Waterloo
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Rudolph Ackermann (London)
January 10, 1816
image: 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (21.6 x 32.4 cm)
sheet: 9 1/2 x 16 in. (24.1 x 40.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Not on view
Bullock's Museum, or The Egyptian Hall at 22 Piccadilly, allowed Londoners to view current sensations such as the Hottentot Venus, Polish dwarf, Irish giant and Napoleon's carriage. Built by Goeting, the carriage had been taken after the Battle of Waterloo, on June 18, 1815, by Major von Keller, who sold it to the British Government. Once Wlliam Bullock acquired and exhibited the carriage, he made 35,000 pounds from ticket sales. The carriage later belonged to Madame Tussaud's but was destroyed by fire in 1925.
Signature: in plate lower right: "Rowlandson del. 1816"
Harris Brisbane Dick (American, 1855–1916); Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
Grego II.309, 405; British Museum Satires 12702
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, Vol. IX, cat. no. 12702.
Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, Vol. II, pp. 309, 405.
J. T. Tussaud J. T. Tussaud, The Romance of Madame Tussaud's. 1981, p. 81 ff.