File:Napoleon's exile to Elba3.jpg

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Artist Unknown
Title The journey of a modern hero, to the island of Elba
Description
Print shows Napoleon I seated backwards on a donkey on the road "to Elba" from Fontainebleau; he holds a broken sword in one hand and the donkey's tail in the other while two drummers follow him playing a farewell(?) march. Includes twelve lines of verse.
Date
Medium hand-colored engraving on paper
Dimensions Height: 18.9 cm (7.4 in). Width: 22.7 cm (8.9 in).
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Accession number Inventory number PC 2 - Journey of a modern hero ... (A size) [P&P] (see on gallery's website)
Inscriptions

Title bottom center: The Journey of a modern Hero to the island of ELBA
Publisher's mark bottom right: Pub'd by J. Phillips, No. 32 Charles Street Hampstead road
Text top left: To Elba // To Fontainebleu
Text on saddle: Materials for the history of my life and exploits // A budget of mathematical books for my study at ELBA
Text top left: A throne is only made of wood and cover'd in velvet.
Text behind the donkey: The greatest events in human life is turn'd to a puff.

Text bottom:
Farewell my brave soldiers, my eagles adieu;
Stung with my ambition, o'er the world ye flew:
But deeds of disaster so sad to rehearse
I have lived--fatal truth for to know the reverse.
From Moscow to Lipsic; the case it is clear
I was sent back to France with a flea in my ear.
A lesson to mortals regarding my fall:
He grasps at a shadow, by grasping at all.
My course it is finish'd my race it is run,
My career it is ended just where it begun.
The Empire of France no more it is mine.
Because I can't keep it I freely resign.

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