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The modern Calypso; or the matured enchantress. Vide Telemachus [by Fénelon].

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    • The modern Calypso; or the matured enchantress. Vide Telemachus [by Fénelon].
  • Description

    Lady Hertford (right), as Calypso, beguiles Telemachus, the Regent, who kneels at her feet, pointing behind him to Sheridan, who is Mentor. All wear quasi-classical draperies with cross-gartered sandals. Calypso, very fat and with enormous spherical breasts much displayed, holds an unstrung long-bow and an arrow; a greyhound walks beside her. A little cupid bestrides one of her breasts aiming his cross-bow at the Prince. Two of her maidens alluringly offer goblets of wine to the dishevelled Mentor. The Prince says: "Most adorable and Divine Goddess permit a poor shipwrecked mortal to indulge himself in the Luxuries of your Enchanted Island, and allow me to recommend my esteemed Mentor the Guide of my Youth to the care and delight of your captivating Maidens." She says, pointing to a cave (right): "T'is time for you after so many labours to taste the Balsamick Cordial, Sleep; you have nothing here to fear; every thing smiles on you; then give a loose to Joy; indulge to [sic] peace, and all other blessings which heaven is going to shower down upon you." Sheridan says, extending his arm for wine: "Aye Aye, hic we had better stay here, hic come let's have some, hic more Nectar my pretty, hic pretty D D D Dear's." Behind them (left) is the sea; there is a background of clouds.
    May 1812
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1812
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    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 371 millimetres
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        Lettered: "Pubd May, 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)
    One of many satires on the Regent and Lady Hertford, see No. 11853. Sheridan, who remained the Prince's friend and (to some degree) adviser, is ironically identified with Mentor (or Minerva in disguise) who rescued Telemachus from the wiles of Calypso. For the Prince as Telemachus (with Fox as Mentor) cf. No. 7162 (1787).

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    Part of the Smith collection, but has no visible reg. nr.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11879 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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