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Little Boney in the Whales Belley

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: cartoon
Maker: Roberts Middle Vou
Place made: United Kingdom
Date made: 1803
Materials: ink; paper; color wash
Measurements: 11 in x 18 1/4 in
Nomenclature: cartoons
Classification: whales

Hand colored engraving depicting a whale on the surface of the water, facing left and seen from the side, with a young sailor atop his back and a figure of Napoleon visible over its belly (the implication being that he is inside its stomach). The whale is spouting and wears a yellow collar emblazoned with the text "IOHN BULL Emperor of the Sea"; it has a human eye and eyebrow and glances towards the viewer. The sailor similarly turns his head towards the viewer, smiling; by his head is the text " D__n [damn] me how he Gorged him" Above Napoleon's head, connected to him by a dashed line, is the dialogue "O that I may Prove a second Jonas _ that he may cast me up again". He is kneeling, with hands clasped, facing left. Publisher name at bottom left. Title printed in lower margin.