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They stoop but not conquer

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  • Title (object)

    • They stoop but not conquer
  • Description

    Lady Hertford (left) has dropped her fan; she and the Regent (right) stoop to pick it up, but the dress of both is so tight that her skirt and his breeches are shattered, revealing posteriors. She says: "I shall Burst"; he says: "ho Dear." Between them is a younger and more active man (? Yarmouth) who picks up the fan, looking with covert hostility (cf. No. 11746) towards the Prince, and interposing his opera-hat between him and the fan. He says: "dont Distress Your Selves, Ill Assist you!!!" A man in plain old-fashioned dress seated (left) behind Lady Hertford watches, much amused. The wall is divided into panels by decorative bands of musical instruments, suggesting a music-room. There is one picture, a hunting-scene, and a lighted cut-glass chandelier.
    March 11 1812
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1812
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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 249 millimetres
    • Width: 332 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "Pub March 11 1812 by S W Fores 50 Piccadilli"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    For the Prince and Lady Hertford see No. 11853.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 11858 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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