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Cuckold Cunning**m. Frightened at his w-f-'s caricature

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  • Title (object)

    • Cuckold Cunning**m. Frightened at his w-f-'s caricature
  • Description

    Lord Conyngham stands by the counter of Benbow's shop holding out an open book to the shopman with a terrified gesture: "Mr Benbow, Pray who is this!" Benbow, behind the counter, touches the antlered figure of No. 14029, and one of the fat ladies, answering, "This is Lady H——d and this is Lady C——m." His right hand rests on a pile of caricatures on the counter. A grinning shopman behind the L-shaped counter (right) holds up two fingers to simulate horns above Lord Conyngham's head. The walls of the shop are lined with books; by the counter three bills are displayed, one above the other: [1] 'Just Published 1s 6d Sultan Sham and his Seven Wives' [No. 14029]; [2] 'Cobbett's Register Sold here also Peep at the Peers' [? No. 14108]; [3] 'The K. the determiner of the Q'; [4] 'Queen & her Pawns agains the King and his Pecc' [sic, No. 13946].
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1820
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 193 millimetres
    • Width: 236 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Marks fect / Engraved for W. Banbow 269 Strand".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    William Benbow, ex-shoemaker, bookseller, and pamphleteer, was a Republican and became a Physical-force Chartist. In June 1820 he became Cobbett's publisher for the 'Political Register'; the inevitable violent quarrel soon followed. His imprint is on some of the more extreme prints of 1820. He had been imprisoned in 1817 during the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act, and was again in prison in 1821. Cole, 'William Cobbett', 1924, pp. 245 f., &c.; Wickwar, 'Struggle for the Freedom of the Press', 1928, p. 188, &c.

    (Supplementary information)
    The word 'cuckold' in the title is made conspicuous by being partly scored through.
    Vic Gatrell, 'City of Laughter', 2006, p.534 records that this impression has lost the verses below which make jokes about cuckoldry, now only known on an impression in the Library of Congress which is marked 'suppressed'.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14030 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1820 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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