1803 GREAT INVASION SCARE
A large Spode porcelain jug, c.1803, printed in black and well coloured with a scene of Napoleon seated at a table with Satan, titled 'A Senatus Consultum on Bonaparte making his Will, before his Invasion of England & Conquest of the World!', the rim and handle gilded, minor chipping to the spout and foot, 16.5cm.
The date of publication on the Fores satire of the same title is 19th September 1808. It is described by M. Dorothy George in the 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947, as similar to that produced in 1803. It is highly likely that Spode would have produced all of the Invasion Scare series at much the same time in 1803 and therefore the assumption is that Fores reissued this engraving in 1808 with the minor alteration to the last figure of the date. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pl.571.
Provenance: ex Lewison collection, sold Phillips, 8th April 1998, lot 428.
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