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A peace and plenty.!! | Political Portraits N° 1

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  • Title (object)

    • A peace and plenty.!! | Political Portraits N° 1
  • Description

    Similar to plates to the 'Busy Body'. A very stout lady stands directed to the right reading a letter held in gloved hands. She is in full dress, very décolletée, her skirt festooned with roses; over this is worn an over-dress with a long train. Three tall feathers rise from a gold fillet and partly hide a small crown which decorates the back of her head. Behind (left) is a pillar against which a heavy fringed curtain is festooned. This inconspicuously reveals a shield on which is a crescent and the motto 'Amo[re]'. Her attitude is that of a singer holding music and there is a resemblance, doubtless intentional, to prints of Mrs. Billington, who was associated with the peace (and with the Prince) in 1801, see Nos. 9730, 9765, 9840.
    c. January 1816
    Hand-coloured etching, partly aquatinted


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  • Date

    • 1816
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 205 millimetres
    • Width: 125 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    She is Lady Hertford, cf. No. 11853. The title connotes the prevailing distress and disillusionment; for the pun cf. No. 10668. The shield is from the Hertford arms, their motto being 'Fide et Amore'. Cf. No. 12265, &c.

    (Supplementary information)
    In the title, the 'ea' in "peace" have been scored through and replaced by 'ie'.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12705 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1816 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching, partly aquatinted

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching, partly aquatinted

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