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Den Ridder Kessels, Commandant van de Stoomwalvisch by de beleegering van Maastricht
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: print
Place made: Netherlands
Date made: 1830-1831
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 9 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in
Hand-colored cartoon of General Herman Kessels and his skeleton of a whale, 1830-1831. The whale skeleton is provided with wheels and a steam engine and staffed by Belgian insurgents, dressed in blue uniforms with muskets and red caps. From the mouth of the whale, a party of men fire a cannon. Officer on top of whale's jaw is shouting "rends toi vils esclaves", which translates to "Give yourselves up, vile slaves". The title refers to the Belgian siege of Maastricht in 1830-1831 . The title is printed under the image.