The Regent's hack.
- The Regent's hack.
The Regent, scarcely caricatured, rides (right to left) a white horse with the (bloated) head of Sheridan, the flank being branded 'P R'. The horse walks along a cobbled street which is strewn with large stones on each of which is the head of a member of the Opposition. Sheridan says: "Never fear, my dear Master, I will carry you through this ugly road in safety—I'll hick all the vile stones aside that would impede your way, and your old Hack, Sherry, you will find able to support you to the last." On the stone under his hoof is the head of Grenville. Two others have already been kicked aside: (?) Holland, and, in the foreground, the Duke of Norfolk. Others (left to right) are: Buckingham (in spectacles) and Whitbread, Grey, Lord Temple, Moira, and Erskine. Others are not characterized. The street leads into 'Manchester Square', showing that the Prince is on his way to Hertford House.
- Height: 249 millimetres
- Width: 351 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered: "Pubd March 1812 by Wm Holland N° 11 Cockspur Street"
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the Regent's retention of Perceval and desertion of his old friends see No. 11855, &c. This led to an open breach with the indignant Whigs; only Sheridan and a few others of minor political importance remained faithful. At the St. Patrick's Day dinner (17 March), at which the Prince was usually 'the reigning and rapturous toast', his name was received with hisses; Sheridan maintained that he 'still sustained the principles of the Prince Regent', and was greeted by angry shouts. Leigh Hunt, 'Autobiography', 1903, i. 255-6. According to George Eden this was a drunken and indiscreet speech during which hisses were redoubled. 'H.M.C.', 'Dropmore Papers', x. 227. Lady Hertford is called by the Whigs 'the old lady of Manchester Square'. Ibid., p. 240. The Prince drove regularly to visit her there, see Nos. 11865, 11874, 11878.
Not on display (Satires British 1812 Unmounted Roy)
- Associated with: George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham
- Associated with: Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine
- Associated with: William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville
- Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
- Associated with: Henry Richard Fox Vassall, 3rd Baron Holland
- Associated with: Samuel Whitbread II
- Associated with: Isabella Anne Ingram Shepherd, 2nd Marchioness of Hertford
- Associated with: Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
- Associated with: Richard Grenville, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
- Associated with: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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