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Print: BRITISH COOKERY or 'Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire' / Published May !st 1811 [18011] by M Jones 5 Newgate
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Print. BRITISH COOKERY or 'Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire' / Published May !st 1811 [18011] by M Jones 5 Newgate [London]. Etching, col., handcol.; image 22.2x30cm on sheet [trimmed to] 24.2x32cm. Plate from The Scourge. Domestic kitchen technologies are metaphors for satirising an incident in the Peninsular Wars. The Duke of Wellington stands L. before a range inscribed 'Grand Kitchen of Europe' basting a goose with a human head (Massena) spitted on a bayonet labelled British Spit. In his l.hand is a frying pan, Portugal, containing the flames of Spain, into which jump French officers. The smoke is French Gasconade. General Graham kneels R. with the bellows of British Bravery, inflaming patriotism. Napoleon is in A Stew pan cooking on a charcoal stove. Ney is in A Pickle jar. It happened that General Graham won the battle of Barossa over Marshal Victor on 5 March 1811, receiving thanks of Parliament on 28 March. Ney, commanding the Sixth Corps in the Peninsular, had refused to obey Massena's orders, was removed from command, and returned to Paris for reprimand by Napoleon


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