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The Birth of a Princess!!

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.8.31

  • Title (object)

    • The Birth of a Princess!!
  • Description

    Ten single figures arranged in two rows, their words etched above their heads. An artisan wearing an apron waves his hat, saying: "Huzza! Huzza! No Popery! - rare news for Old England". A thin and dour old woman says: "Nine Months - wanting one day!!" A buxom and jovial woman, standing full-face, says, "I should like to be Wet Nurse". A dissenting preacher with lank hair says, "I will make a sarmon on the occasion, - and extort all the willage!!" The tattered and dishevelled inmate of a debtor's prison, holding a frothing tankard, says: "I will drink to a speedy Goal delivery". A slim and foppish man, chapeau-bras, and dressed in the height of the fashion, but holding a band-box, says: "When she grows up I hope she will not persecute us man Milliners I wish I had the providing the child bed linnen!!" A plainly dressed and oafish-looking man says: "How glad our Nan will be when she hears of it. she allways doated upon blood royal". A stout and elderly parson says: "Go thou home, and do likewise that is a very good text!" A little girl holding a doll says: "How I should like to see the Baby!" An obese and self-important citizen says: "I must go and acquaint the Corporation immediately." 29 January 1796
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 303 millimetres (cut)
    • Width: 458 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Spoken texts within design; rest cut off (supplied by Dorothy George from an impression in another collection)
        Lettered: '[Woodward delin. Pubd Jany 29 1796 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly corner of Sackville Street Folios of Caracatures Lent out for the Evening. Prints and Drawings lent out on the Plan of a Circulating Library]' [Plate cropped; title, &c., from A. de R., v. 146.]
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    See BMSat 8779, &c. 'No Popery' is an allusion to Mrs. Fitzherbert. Perhaps one of a set, see BMSat 8541, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8781 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures VIII p.31)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.8.31

Ten single figures arranged in two rows, their words etched above their heads. An artisan wearing an apron waves his hat, saying: "Huzza! Huzza! No Popery! - rare news for Old England". A thin and dour old woman says: "Nine Months - wanting one day!!" A buxom and jovial woman, standing full-face, says, "I should like to be Wet Nurse". A dissenting preacher with lank hair says, "I will make a sarmon on the occasion, - and extort all the willage!!" The tattered and dishevelled inmate of a debtor's prison, holding a frothing tankard, says: "I will drink to a speedy Goal delivery". A slim and foppish man, chapeau-bras, and dressed in the height of the fashion, but holding a band-box, says: "When she grows up I hope she will not persecute us man Milliners I wish I had the providing the child bed linnen!!" A plainly dressed and oafish-looking man says: "How glad our Nan will be when she hears of it. she allways doated upon blood royal". A stout and elderly parson says: "Go thou home, and do likewise that is a very good text!" A little girl holding a doll says: "How I should like to see the Baby!" An obese and self-important citizen says: "I must go and acquaint the Corporation immediately."  29 January 1796  Hand-coloured etching

Ten single figures arranged in two rows, their words etched above their heads. An artisan wearing an apron waves his hat, saying: "Huzza! Huzza! No Popery! - rare news for Old England". A thin and dour old woman says: "Nine Months - wanting one day!!" A buxom and jovial woman, standing full-face, says, "I should like to be Wet Nurse". A dissenting preacher with lank hair says, "I will make a sarmon on the occasion, - and extort all the willage!!" The tattered and dishevelled inmate of a debtor's prison, holding a frothing tankard, says: "I will drink to a speedy Goal delivery". A slim and foppish man, chapeau-bras, and dressed in the height of the fashion, but holding a band-box, says: "When she grows up I hope she will not persecute us man Milliners I wish I had the providing the child bed linnen!!" A plainly dressed and oafish-looking man says: "How glad our Nan will be when she hears of it. she allways doated upon blood royal". A stout and elderly parson says: "Go thou home, and do likewise that is a very good text!" A little girl holding a doll says: "How I should like to see the Baby!" An obese and self-important citizen says: "I must go and acquaint the Corporation immediately." 29 January 1796 Hand-coloured etching

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