|Published||Pubd. by S. Knight, Sweetings Alley, & King Street, Holborn. Day & Haghe Lithrs. to the King, 17 Gate St. c.1830|
|Dimensions||Image 164 x 219 mm, Sheet 280 x 380 mm|
The trunks of two willow trees, together with their branches and other foliage, form the outline profile of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821), beside a simple moonlit grave on the Atlantic island of Saint Helena, the tomb is decorated with a cross and the capital 'N', topped with a crown. To the left of the grave, a mourning woman is holding a wreath and has the French Imperial eagle sitting at her feet. This is one of several puzzle-type prints on the same theme that were published in the aftermath of Napoleon's death.
Day & Haghe were one of the most prominent lithographic companies of the nineteenth-century. They were also amongst the foremost pioneers in the evolution of chromolithography. The firm was established in 1823 by William Day, but did not trade under the moniker of Day & Haghe until the arrival of Louis Haghe in 1831. In 1838, Day & Haghe were appointed as Lithographers to the Queen. However, and perhaps owing to the fact that there was never a formal partnership between the two, Haghe left the firm in the 1850's to devote himself to watercolour painting. The firm continued as Day & Son under the guidance of William Day the younger (1823-1906) but, as a result of a scandal involving Lajos Kossuth, was forced into liquidation in 1867. Vincent Brookes bought the company in the same year, and would produce the caricatures for Gibson Bowles' Vanity Fair magazine, as well as the illustrations for Cassells's Poultry Book, amongst other commissions.
Condition: Light vertical creases, patch of thinning to left margin, toning and foxing to sheet.