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He has put his foot in it.

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    • He has put his foot in it.
  • Description

    The Regent stands with his back to a writing-table, his foot on a dog's excrement; he says to McMahon (left): "D . . . that fat Bitch I must! I must! get rid of her! I say Sec I have put my foot in it." McMahon, a pen behind his ear, stoops with one hand on his knee; he looks up at the Prince, holding his nose, and says: "You have indeed. Sir any one may smell that." A fat nondescript bitch, her collar inscribed '[Hert]ford', watches them, as does a reddish dog seated behind her on a bergère, his collar inscribed '[Yar]mouth'. Papers on the table and a pile of books beside the Prince's chair show that he has been interrupted in Cabinet-making. 'Petition of . . Citizen . .' lies on 'Arrangement of a New Administ[ration]' on which the beginnings of names are visible: 'Cas[tlereagh]', 'Li[verpool]', and (much lower on the list) 'Sher[idan]'. Below this: 'Rewards for Favorites . . . th 5000'. Books on the ground: 'Thoughts on Predilections [see No. 11864] by a Great [?] Trickster'; 'The Man of Business a Farce Performed by . . .'; 'The Chld [sic] out of his Leading Strings a true tale of the 19th Century'; 'An Essay on the improvement of the memory by Proffesor Gray and Grenville'. Beneath is a piece of music: 'blow thou [Winter] Wind thou dost not cut so keen as friends remember'd n[ot].' Another paper is headed 'Blow thou Wint . . .' The writing-table faces a large window looking on to the screen of Carlton House. The carved backs of the arm-chairs are formed by the Prince's feathers, set in an oval border which is surmounted by a crown. The writing-table has ornate ornaments in the form of feathers. On the wall are two three-quarter length portraits, the heads cut off by the upper margin: 'Henry Fifth' (left), the canvas badly torn, and (above the Prince) 'Henry Eighth'. Below each hangs an oval bust portrait: a hideous head inscribed 'Epicure', and a head of the Regent partly hidden by a chair.
    June 1812
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1812
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 265 millimetres
    • Width: 370 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: "Pubd June 1812 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly corner of Sackville St".
  • 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 political influence of Lady Hertford, see No. 11853, &c. For the City Petition see No. 11866. The misquoted song from 'As You Like it' (ii. 7) alleges base ingratitude, as do the references to Grey and Grenville and to 'Predilections . . .', see Nos. 11855, 11869. The death of Perceval produced a new and prolonged ministerial crisis, see No. 11888, &c. Yarmouth appears, not only as Lady Hertford's son, but as one of the Prince's 'Favorites'. 'The Man of Business', 1774, is a comedy by George Colman. For the Prince as Prince Hal cf. (e.g.) No. 10230, as Henry VIII cf. No. 9871.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11887 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (Satires British 1812 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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