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'British Cookery' or 'Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire', c 1811.

Jones, M

'British Cookery' or 'Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire', c 1811.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Coloured etching by M Jones using domestic kitchen technologies as metaphors for satirising an incident in the Peninsular Wars. The Duke of Wellington stands on the left, before a range inscribed 'Grand Kitchen of Europe', basting a goose with a human head representing Masena, spitted on a bayonet labelled British Spit. In Wellington's left hand is a frying pan, Portugal, containing the flames of Spain, into which jump French officers. General Graham kneels on the right with the bellows of British Bravery, inflaming patriotism. Graham won the battle of Barosa over Marshal Victor on 5 March 1811. Napoleon is in 'A Stew' pan cooking on a charcoal stove in the top left corner. Ney is in 'A Pickle' jar below him.

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