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Disappointed dandies or a vain attempt to get a peep at the fair circassian

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  • Title (object)

    • Disappointed dandies or a vain attempt to get a peep at the fair circassian
  • Description

    Two little black eunuchs stand one on each side of a partly opened door, behind which is seen the Circassian, raising her veil, and anxious to see her would-be visitors. From the left approach two noted dandies, Lord Yarmouth and Lord Petersham. The former, who wears wide white trousers with a red stripe, says: "I say Blackey I'll change Places with you, Poss—" The boy answers: "Den Massa you be Cut for the Simples." Petersham, in trousers strapped and gathered at the ankles, and with moustache and small beard (see No. 13029), holds an eyeglass, asking: "I say my Buck is She fond of Dandies! eh." The Regent approaches from the right, with the Marquis of Worcester. He is not dressed as a dandy, but wears a hat with triple ostrich plume, ribbon and star, and has a gouty leg on which is a garter inscribed 'Honi'. He proffers a coin to the second eunuch, saying: "Oh by St George I burn to have a bite at the Nonpareil, I'll ne'er go to Richmond or in to Hertfordshire again until I have seen Her, here my Beauty keeper's here's a Regent for you now let me have a peep and you shall be keepers of my Harem I shall be able to marry her soon." Worcester (cf. No. 13030) (right) clasps his hands, saying, "Let me take her to Worcester I'll bet all my Estate (left) to a Regent I win her." He wears tight pantaloons to the ankle.
    c. May 1819
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1819
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 231 millimetres
    • Width: 340 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Pubd by Fores 50 Piccadilly".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    See No. 13391, &c. The Regent's determination to divorce his wife is referred to. On 11 July the 'Examiner' quoted a report from the 'Morning Chronicle' on the visit of the Vice-Chancellor (Leach) to Milan, and its object. See No. 12808, &c. For 'Richmond' and 'Hertfordshire' see No. 13232. The new sovereign or 20,?. piece, ordered by proclamation in July 1817, was evidently termed a regent (not in 'O.E.D.').


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13241 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1819 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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