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- R-l hobby's!!!
An imitation of No. 13221. The Regent and the Duke of York both ride velocipedes, each with his mistress bestriding his back. The machines are so constructed (as in No. 13220) that the rider lies prone, his chin supported on a cushioned section of the pole, the handlebars projecting from the hub of the front wheel. The Regent is in the foreground in profile to the right, a sign-post (left) points 'To Hertford'. His fat rider wears a marquis's coronet; she uses a whip, the handle a 'R—L Sceptre', and reins attached to the Regent's mouth, and inscribed 'Hertford Leading Strings'. At her knee is a garter inscribed 'Ich Dien'; on the back of the velocipede is the Prince's plume of feathers (these details being as in No. 13220). She says: "Come up you idle fellow, you get so lazy that Fred—will distance us at this rate —you'll not drive your Hobby home to night." The Duke is in the middle distance, riding right to left, near a sign-post pointing 'To Windsor'. He is not quite so prostrate as his brother, to whom he says: "Come on my Boy you seem to slacken in your pace, you cannot yet be tired of the Road—mine has 10,000 Charms!!!" Mrs. Carey is slight and simply dressed, she uses leading-strings for reins and holds out a scourge, saying, "Well done Fred—you are yet as active as a young Man & can manage your Hobby dexterously—" Behind the back wheel is tied a basket containing tiny birds and labelled 'Carey's Chickens'.
- Published in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 244 millimetres
- Width: 348 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered: "London Pubd Apr.27 - 1819 - by T.F.Flook; 71 Leadenhall Street"
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the Duke and Mrs. Carey see No. 11050, &c., for his grant of £10,000, No. 13214, &c.
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