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Depicted roasting in hell or as a spider spinning a web around Europe, Napoleon Bonaparte is the subject of a colorful exhibition of historical satire that opened at London's British Museum Thursday.Bonaparte, who lived from 1769 to 1821, was a "charismatic enemy" with a reputation as a short, angry man: An irresistible subject for caricatures, according to historian Tim Clayton, a Napoleon expert.Flattering portraits and memorabilia collected by British admirers in the 1790s gives way to mockery, as Napoleon becomes more of a threat to Britain.Cartoonists are kinder when Napoleon is less of a threat, and at times some Britons displayed admiration for the emperor.
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