A procession from Wales to Manchester Square. NB. By way of Yarmouth.
- A procession from Wales to Manchester Square. NB. By way of Yarmouth.
Frontispiece from 'The Setting Sun, or, a Little Reason and a Great R-t. A Poem by Ambrose Dryswitch'. The Regent, riding a goat, followed by attendants on goats and preceded by Lord Yarmouth driving a 'Yarmouth Troll', approaches Hertford House. Behind him (left) are mountains with 'Carlton House', a colonnade in a valley between the peaks of Wales; above it is a flock of (carrion) birds, and on an adjacent peak is a tiny gibbet with a dangling corpse. Lady Hertford, crowned and holding a sceptre, stands majestically on a balcony watching the procession. The house is inscribed 'Manchester Square'. On it is a notice: 'The Horns—By H*FORD NB Good Entertainment for Man & Beast'. Below the balcony is a large bill: 'Regency Theatre—Evg will be . . . The Road to Ruin [see No. 8073] to which will be—Is he a Prince—tomorrow Turnout Characters Hertford Yarmouth.' Yarmouth, wearing the fashionable dress of the amateur coachman, see No. 11700, &c., stands swaggeringly on the low platform of his troll, a wheeled sledge, flourishing a whip; his horse is a wretched moribund hack. He says: "Ya hip-Mis bit of Blood [cf. No. 7233]." Behind him is the Regent, very erect on his goat and using a leek for a whip. A leek and three feathers decorate his cocked hat. He says, looking up at Lady Hertford, "All Hail sweet Quean." He is followed by Perceval, who says: "There we go me & My Billy gee oh." McMahon, flourishing a large 'Privy Purse', rides his goat ruthlessly over a prostrate woman, evidently the Princess of Wales. Three others follow: Erskine, Eldon, and Liverpool. [They are incorrectly identified by Reid.] Beside the procession and on the extreme left stands John Bull, a stout man wearing top-boots, much startled. He says: "Zooks what Nation fine Galloping Goats thes be It puts I in Mind of a Race at our Fair for a Wager—Aye Aye this is the way our Taxes do go Galloping Aye Aye." By the Prince is a sign-post pointing (left) 'To Wales' and (right), with an elongated finger, 'To Hertford Pleasure Grounds'. Across this sits a little demon-Cupid with webbed wings, gleefully pointing out Lady Hertford to the Prince.
3 April 1812.
- Published in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 410 millimetres
- Width: 364 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered with title, text within, artist's name and publishing details: 'G Cruickshank Sculpt / Pubd by M Jones No 5 Newgate St April 3d 1812'
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
See No. 11853. The Prince drove regularly to Manchester Square to visit Lady Hertford, see No. 11859, &c. For the Yarmouth car or troll see No. 10488. 'Is he a Prince' was a farce by Greffulhe first played at the Hay market in 1809. 'The Turn out' was a musical farce by Kenney first played by the Drury Lane Company on 7 Mar. 1812. Cf. No. 6451 (1784), 'The Goats canter to Windsor . . .' also on the Prince.
Reid, No. 156. Cohn, No. 736.
Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)
- Associated with: Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine
- Associated with: Francis Charles Seymour Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford
- Associated with: Right Hon Sir John McMahon
- Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
- Associated with: Right Hon Spencer Perceval
- Associated with: Isabella Anne Ingram Shepherd, 2nd Marchioness of Hertford
- Associated with: John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
- Associated with: Caroline of Brunswick
- Associated with: Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
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