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R***l hobby's!!!

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  • Title (object)

    • R***l hobby's!!!
  • Description

    An imitation, or more probably the original of, No. 13220. The Regent is not strapped to the machine, the feathers are more erect and do not suggest a cock's tail-feathers, Lady Hertford does not use spurs and does not wear the jewel of the George. Her garter and rein are inscribed as in No. 13220, the handle of her whip is 'R—l Sceptre'. The sign-post points 'To Hertford'. The Duke of York runs with more vigour. The words spoken are different. Lady Hertford: "Come up you idle fellow, I'll make you Drive it Home!—you shall remember pushing your Hobby in Hertford!!!" The Regent: "Oh dear Fred.—this is tight work for a P—e of my Constitution! I do not think I shall be able to Push it Home." The Duke: "Ha! ha! it is rather troublesome George.—but my Hobby is one of 10,000!!!" See also No. 13223.
    c. April 1819
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1819
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 247 millimetres
    • Width: 348 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "London Pubd by J. L. Marks N° 2 Sandy's Row Bishopsgate. 1819".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13221 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Satires British 1819 Unmounted Roy

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Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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