"Maniac Ravings or Little Boney in a Strong Fit – Vide. Lord W___ account of a Visit to c/y Tuilleries."
May 24, 1803
A burlesque of Napoleon's grievances against England. The print is making fun of the famous scene made by the First Consul at a levée on 13 March 1803, when he reproached John Whitworth, then British Ambassador to Paris, with the conduct of the British government. From Napoleon's head swirls the aspects of Britain causing him the most fury. As noted by Dorothy George, the texts written on Napoleon's brain storms and on the many documents strewn around the room show Gillray's detailed grasp of the political situation between France and England, as well as of Britain's internal politics at the time.
From the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin.