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Accidents in high life or, Royal hobby's broke down! Dedicated to the Society for the Suppression of Vice.
- Accidents in high life or, Royal hobby's broke down! Dedicated to the Society for the Suppression of Vice.
The Regent and Lady Hertford fall head first from a velocipede or hobby-horse (see No. 13399), the pole supporting the saddle having broken. The end of the bar, curving over the front wheel, and surmounted by a coronet, is inscribed 'Royal Roley Poley'. The Regent has (inconspicuous) ass's ears; his coat-collar is inscribed 'Royal Horse Collar'. On one foot is a buckled pump, on the other a sandal adjusted to gouty toes. He says: "Oh dear! Oh dear! who wod have thought the Pole had been so rotten! —I wish I had a new one:—however this Hertford Road is so d—d rough I'll not drive on it any more—I'll go the Richmond road next time." Lady Hertford (right) grasps a birch-road in her right hand, her coronet falls off. She screams: "Oh! My Back!—Oh! My Side!! curse you & the Pole too: I was a great fool to trust myself with such an Old Stick—I've got into a pretty mess by it! what will the M—q—s say to it?!!! !!! !!!"
In the background, on a grassy slope near a stone inscribed 'Mile from Windsor', the Duke of York falls violently from his velocipede; he wears boots with huge spurs; his left elbow rests on a cushion inscribed '10,000 pr annm'. He exclaims: "Oh! my Arm!!!—D—n the Spurs! 'tis a d—d good thing I did'nt break my Neck!! indeed it would have been a hell of a fall as it is, if it had not been for this Cushion."
24 April 1819
- Published in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 245 millimetres
- Width: 349 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered with title, text within image and publication line: "Pubd. Apl. 24th. 1819 by E. King 25 Chancery Lane"
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the Regent and Lady Hertford on a velocipede see No. 13213, &c. The first allusion to the Regent's alleged infatuation with the Duchess of Richmond, see No. 13231, &c. For the Duke of York's accident see No. 13226, &c.; for his grant of £10,000, No. 13214, &c.
Reid, No. 887. Cohn, No. 864. The Bruton impression was autographed 'Sorry to say this is by me, G. C.' Layard, p. 75 f.
British XIXc Mounted Roy
1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-1838'
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