Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - Napoleon in Paris

Twitter Ye Not - Napoleon in Paris

A piece about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 31 March 1815, after escaping from exile in Elba and mustering an army of more than 200,000 volunteers, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris in triumph. It was the start of what would become known as the Hundred Days. Now, archeologists excavating the dustier corners of the internet have unearthed the Twitter feed of that fateful day.

I have shown the little Emperor wondering what to call the Arch of Triumph he plans to have built to mark this momentous occasion. And on the other side Mad King George III tweets astride a child's hobby horse. George, known as Farmer George for Kew Botanical Gardens and his love of horticulture, may have been talking to the small tree (possibly a standard laurel), which naturally I have shown in a typical Regency-style of plant pot!

It is printed only about 11 cm across and so the design had to be kept sufficiently simple.


Mangle Prints said...

Paul, this is fabulous. Your work always makes me smile..thank you for cheering up a really dull morning!
: )

Paul Bommer said...

Thank you!