Napoleon Bonaparte was the most caricatured figure of his time, with almost 1,000 satirical drawings about his exploits being produced by British artists alone. The diminutive, pugnacious French emperor was a gift to cartoonists and the Napoleonic Wars were the main topic of interest for some of the greatest artists of ‘The Golden Age of Caricature’. Indeed James Gillray’s The Plumb-Pudding in Danger (1805) – featuring British Prime Minister William Pitt and ‘Little Boney’ carving up the globe in the form of a Christmas pudding – is not only one of the best known political cartoons of all time but is also one of the most parodied and is still being adapted today by cartoonists worldwide. Napoleonic Wars in Cartoons is divided into chapters each prefaced with a concise introduction that provides an historical framework for the drawings of that period. Altogether more than 300 cartoons and caricatures from both sides of the conflicts, in colour and black-and-white, have been skilfully blended to produce a unique visual history.
Dr Mark Bryant is a leading authority in the field of historical cartoons and caricature. Other titles he has produced for Grub Street include World War I in Cartoons, World War II in Cartoons (both now in paperback) and The World’s Greatest War Cartoonists and Caricaturists, 1792-1945.