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An accouchment or Lady ........ delivering the present administration.

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    • An accouchment or Lady ........ delivering the present administration.
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    Lady Hertford lies on a couch shaded by tent-like draperies. From under her petticoats five little men, fully dressed, fall or have fallen. The Regent stands over her with a large steaming bowl: he says: "Come my good Lady, take another sup and you will be able to bring forth some more." She answers: "Well I'll try I but I hope they won't have such thick Heads as the last." Perceval, on the extreme left, dressed as a nurse, receives her offspring; in his pocket is a paper: 'List of New Made Places—Private Sec to the Reg[ent]'. He stoops to help Castlereagh, seated on the ground, to his feet. The latter holds a document: 'View of Flushing after the Siege' [see No. 11364, &c.]. Perceval says to him: "Now my little Gentleman stand up, and do as I bid you. here we go up up up." Sidmouth sits near him, a clyster-pipe (cf. No. 9849) hanging from his pocket. Lord Yarmouth falls head first, obscuring the head of a man lying on the ground who wears a ribbon; from his pocket projects a paper: 'Essay on Milling by a Yarmouth' [see No. 11746, &c.]. The last man, still on the couch, has some resemblance to Canning. By the curtains of the couch (right) are 'State Papers'. The Prince, in back view, but showing cheek and whisker, wears powdered hair and small pigtail with a high crest of curls. The back of his coat is white with powder (cf. No. 7537). On his garter the word 'Horn' is visible.
    30 March 1812
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1812
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    • Height: 256 millimetres
    • Width: 357 millimetres
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        Lettered: "Pubd March 30th 1812 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    A satire on additions to the Ministry, actual and anticipated, made after the removal of the Regency Restrictions, see No. 11846. Castlereagh, as Foreign Secretary (4 Mar.), succeeded Wellesley, whose resignation involved the exclusion of Canning. The last mannikin may be Buckingham, but without his spectacles; the same man is in No. 11866. For Lady Hertford and the Regent see No. 11853. Perceval's paper relates to McMahon's appointment on 17 Mar. as the Regent's Private Secretary (a post which he had held unchallenged before the Regency, cf. No. 11874), and the debate on 23 Mar. when the appointment was attacked. 'Parl. Deb.' xxii. 120-2. It was the subject of a more extended debate on 14 Apr., when the Opposition maintained that the appointment was unconstitutional, tending to 'secret influence', and a dangerous precedent. Ibid. 332-64; 'Corr. of George IV', 1938, i, pp. lix f. See No. 11874, &c.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11861 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (Satires British 1812 Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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