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Buonaparte Ordering Five Hundred & Eighty of his wounded Soldiers to be poisoned at Jaffa

Watercolour
1803 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Watercolour drawing


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and brown ink, brown and grey washes
Brief Description
Watercolour, `Buonaparte Ordering Five Hundred & Eighty of his wounded Soldiers to be poisoned at Jaffa,' 1803, by Sir Robert Ker Porter
Physical Description
Watercolour drawing
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.7cm
  • Width: 27.5cm
Styles
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Object history
According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr. C. Powney, June 1965 £45 '.
Historical context
As an etching published in London by J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, J. Ginger, Piccadilly, and J. Asperne, Cornhill, 1803. See E. Gombrich, `Imagery and Art in the Romantic Period', Burlington Magazine, Vol.91, June 1949, pp.153-9. In 1803, Ker Porter published four atrocity etchings for the British Government's propaganda campaign against Napoleon. Gombrich states that Porter's prints anticipate Goya's scenes of Napoleonic massacres in and after the Spanish wars. He suggests that Goya may have seen Porter's prints in Spain. According to unsubstantiated tradition, Goya may have been in Saragossa at the same time as Ker Porter, in 1808. For accounts of the actual incident at Jaffa, which occurred in 1799, see Searight Archive.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Searight, Rodney and Scarce, Jennifer M., A Middle Eastern journey : artists on their travels from the collection of Rodney Searight, Talbot Rice Art Centre, 1980
Collection
Accession Number
SD.812

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