Bonaparte Dethron’d April 1st 1814 | The Printshop Window

It’s been a while since we looked at any transfer-printed pottery on the Printshop Window and so I thought I’d share these images of a creamware jug which came up at auction recently.

The jug was manufactured by the Cambrian Pottery Company of Swansea and is dated 1st April 1814. The design is somewhat unusual in that it is an original composition rather than a copy of an existing caricature print. It was drawn and engraved by James Brindley, an English engraver working in Swansea for a period of about five years between 1813 and 1818. Brindley produced this image and another satirical design, entitled Peace and Plenty, specifically for use in the potteries. We know Brindley was responsible for creating these two designs because his signature appears on both, although David Drakard points out that it was obliterated from later transfers, possibly because “confirmation that both the design and the engraving was not their own work was too much for the Cambrian Pottery” (Drakard, p.248).

The image is a complex one in which several figures gather around…

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May 29 1814: Joséphine Dies


On May 29 1814, at about noon, Joséphine, the first wife of the Emperor Napoleon, and herself the first Empress of the French, dies. She dies in the Chateau Malmaison with her children, Hortense and Eugene. She receives the last rites at eleven in the morning. Her son was with her when she died. Some accounts write that she died in his embrace. Her daughter, overcome, had earlier fainted and been carried from her room. Josephine’s last words are variously recorded, and probably involve a degree of alteration, and embellishment. One version of her last words has her saying:

At least,” said Josephine, with dying accent, ” at least I shall carry with me some regrets. I have aimed at the good of the French people ; I have done all in my power to promote it, and I may say with truth to all who attend me in my last moments, that never, no, never…

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November 8 1814: Metternich’s Ball


“The Tsar certainly appeared impervious. ‘Alexander enjoyed himself greatly at the Redoute,’ one of Hager’s agents reported on the morning of 8 November. ‘He paid an enormous amount of attention to a masked lady wearing a large hat with a black plume whom we believe to have been Countess Esterhazy-Roisin. From 2 o’clock to 3.30 he was much taken, along with the King of Prussia, by two dominos in black. The beauty of Madame Morel once again produced a great effect. She also spoke to Count Schoenfels and Prince Narishkin. Then it was the turn of the prince de Ligne, who took her under his wing and remained at her side for a long time. The Grand Duke of Baden did not dare show himself with her in the ballroom, but he never ceased circling her and never lost her from sight.’

The next day there was a ball given by…

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October 17 1814: London Beer Flood


On October 17 1814, enormous vats of beer. located in the Horseshoe Brewery, explode. A torrent of beer escapes and floods the surrounding streets of Central London. Some 323,000 gallons or 1,470,000 liters of beer escape.  A wave of beer rises some fifteen feet high. It is a grand disaster that would be comical but for the fact that eight or nine people are killed, including a four year old girl, Hannah Banfield, who is having tea with her mother.

The writer  Martyn Cornell has the best description of what happened.  He writes:

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WAKEFIELD AT WASHINGTON: The New Zealand Founding Father Who Set Fire to the White House

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The destruction of the White House is a scene most commonly associated with fictional alien invasions or terrorist plots on the big screen, but today marks two hundred years since an enemy force marched on Washington and set fire to the famous residence. This is the relatively unknown yet remarkable story of how one of the junior officers in the force that torched the White House went on to become the founding father of one of New Zealand’s earliest settlements and ultimately met his fate during a skirmish with one of the most revered and feared of all Māori chiefs – Te Rauparaha.

Arthur Wakefield was only ten years old when he joined the Royal Navy in May 1810. The British had enjoyed naval supremacy since their famous victory at Trafalgar, less than five years earlier, but the fate of Europe was still uncertain with Napoleon’s armies waging war across…

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August 18 1814: Destroy and Lay Waste


His Britannic Majesty’s Ship The Tonnant, In the Patuxent River, August 18, 1814.

Sir – Having been called upon by the Governor General of the Canadas to aid him in carrying into effect measures of retaliation against the inhabitants of the United States for the wanton destruction committed by their army in Upper Canada, it has become imperiously my duty, conformably with the nature of the Governor General’s application, to issue to the naval force under my command, an order to destroy and lay waste such towns and districts upon the coast as may be found assailable.

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July 4 1814: Fourth of July


On July 4 1814, Thomas C. Flournoy’s gave a Fourth of July Speech. Thomas C. Flournoy was a lawyer in Georgetown, Kentucky. He served as a volunteer in the War of 1812. He sent a copy of this speech to Thomas Jefferson on July 12 1814.

[4 July 1814]
Citizens of Frankfort.
We have met here to day, for the purpose of celebrating the 4th of July. This is a duty which Kentuckians perform, with the greatest pleasure. They know that the noblest emotions of the human heart may languish and decay, through mere inattention, and thoughtlessness: And they are determined to omit nothing, that may establish, and perpetuate in their minds, the sacred love of liberty. This I imagine, is the chief, if not the only good, that can arise from meetings of this kind, they cherish in our memory, the holy love of freedom, the fairest gift of Heaven to…

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