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All for love, or the modern David and Goliah
- All for love, or the modern David and Goliah
A scene in a passage or ante-room between a bedroom (l.) seen through the open door, and a French window (r.) giving on to the approach to the house by an iron gate in a brick wall. Little Michael Angelo Taylor (see BMSat 6777), with a lifted horse-whip, drives the Prince of Wales, more than twice his size, towards the window. Within the bedroom Mrs. Taylor in her night-dress stands by the dressing-table, which is lit by a single candle. On the extreme left. is a corner of a canopied bed, the coverings trailing on the ground. The escaping Prince wears only nightshirt and slippers, and holds his coat and breeches. His posterior is scarred by Taylor's whip. He turns to say: "Hold, Hold, Master Ford, tis enough for a Man of my Kidney." Taylor says: "I value not your size, your strength, nor Blood when.......stoop to deeds of infamy, their punishment should be proportionate." Mrs. Taylor exclaims: "Heaven guide him to my Husbands Cudgell; and the Devil guide his Cudgell afterwards!" On the ground by Taylor is an open book: 'Studies from the Life by Michael Angelo'. Outside the window is a moonlit landscape. A sign-post points (l. to r.) 'To Hartford', the first allusion in these prints to the Prince's infatuation for Lady Hertford. Below the design:
"You were also Jupiter a Swan for the love of Leda
"Omnipotent Love! how near the God drew to the complexion
"of a Goose, when Gods have hot backs: what shall poor Men do?
['Merry Wives of Windsor', v. v.] December 1806
- Height: 250 millimetres
- Width: 349 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered: 'Pubd Decr 1806 by S W Fores 50 Piccadilly'
(Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Taylor was a friend of the Prince who is represented (for the first time) as Falstaff, having previously been Prince Hal, cf. BMSat 10230. According to the 'D.N.B.' the breach between them occurred in 1811. The seduction of Mrs. Taylor (Frances Anne Vane) by the Prince, when a guest of Taylor's (who is said to have knocked him down), is related in 'The Rising Sun' (see BMSat 10702), ii. 157-9, as an episode immediately after the Westminster Election of Nov. 1806.
Satires British 1806 Unmounted Roy
Prints & Drawings
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Object reference number: PPA81475
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