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This Alfred Silvester Stereoview puzzles me. I'm unable to understand its meaning. A goose (a Gallic cock, maybe ?) whose head is that of Napoleon III, is pushed or kept at bay by a group of maidens. Knowing that the relations between the French Emperor and Queen Victoria were reasonably good in the early 1860s, then… what in the diplomatic dealings between the two countries, or the political situation at the time, might explain this rather humiliating satire of a sovereign ally? I would not be able to solve the puzzle without the help of a knowledgeable member familiar with the intricacies of British politics at the time.
Does anyone know anything about this image or its significance ? Any idea would be much welcome.
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