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The Oak and the Mushroom

  • Object:

    Satirical print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1803 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roberts, Piercy (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, coloured by hand

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 92, shelf D, box 55

Physical description

Etching showing a British sailor standing beside an oak tree and looking down at a mushroom shaped like Napoleon. The sailor carries a club and is saying "You may look as cross as you Please master Mushroom - but here stands the British Oak - and by St George and the Dragon not a leaf of it shall Fall to the Ground."

Place of Origin

London (published)


1803 (published)


Roberts, Piercy (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, coloured by hand


Height: 12.5 in, Width: 10.625 in

Descriptive line

'The Oak and the Mushroom'. Caricature of Napoleon c.1803

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1943, London: HMSO, 1956.
British Museum, Catalogue of Politicial and Personal Satires [c.1320-1832] London, 1870-1954.


Etching; Hand-colouring


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints; Satire


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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