(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.
(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.
(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.
(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.
(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.
(Peepshow)

(Peepshow). Napoleon and the Battle of Eylau.

(N.p. c. 1830s). Peepshow of six layered panels, one of which serves as the background and is pasted into the lower lid of the peepshow's self-covering. The upper lid displays a rather triumphant image of a statue of Napoleon on a pedestal, watched by two French guards and surrounded by military parade paraphernalia. The interior accordion, seen through a viewing portal cut out of the pedestal, provides a contrary scene, replete with causalities and gore. The Battle of Elyau, which took place on the seventh and eighth of February 1807 (though the titling at the upper lid indicates by some calendrical misalignment the ninth of that month), was the first serious check to Napoleon's forces, leaving both the French and Russian armies with thousands of casualties and resulting in a de facto stalemate. The upper lid's titling is in both English and French, distorting possible intentions behind it; the English did not look kindly on the Napoleonic regime, while the French were, at the time, in the throes of a surging nationalism. Interior of peepshow remains remarkably clean, though exterior shows general rubbing and some discoloration, and two corners of upper lid's sides are detached. Near fine. Item #31486

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