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Suden alarm, or, All British sailors do not love their wives!!! Scene the R-l yacht

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    • Suden alarm, or, All British sailors do not love their wives!!! Scene the R-l yacht
  • Description

    The Regent and Lady Hertford, seated amorously together on a settee in a cabin with a window in the stern (right), register consternation at the news brought by a naval officer who rushes forward from the left: "I'm sorry, to Intrude on you so Abruptly the P—nc—ss of W—s is in sight. Will your R—l H—ss please to Board her!" He holds a telescope, and is evidently Paget, see No. 13259. The Regent in his dismay kicks over a table from which fruit, punch, glasses, and a decanter of 'Curac[oa]' fall to the ground; he answers: "What! I Board her! no D—n-me if ever I Board her, Steer another course, Hoist false colours, do any thing to avoid her, not that I care a D—n for her! but I feel for my Messmate, I Prest from Hertford!!!" Lady Hertford exclaims: "O! pray do not Board her or I shall be in a queer Mess." At her feet is a pile of empty wine-bottles. A sailor behind Paget scowls over his shoulder at the Regent, saying, "He's a disgrace to the British Navy! to hoist false colours to avoid his Wife! D—n me he deserves 4 Dozn on his [altered to] the Poop!!!" There are two pictures on the wall, partly obscured by labels containing the inscriptions: 'Blue Beard' (a Turk with raised scimitar) and 'Black Beard' (a pirate on the deck of his ship in action).
    c. August 1819
    Hand-coloured aquatint


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    • 1819
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 190 millimetres
    • Width: 242 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title and text in image and "Marks fect / London Pubd by J L Marks No.2 Sandy's Row Bishopsgate St"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    In Aug. 1819, while the Regent was yachting, see No. 13259, it was reported (falsely) that the Princess was about to arrive at Dover. 'Examiner', 15 Aug. 1819, p. 520.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13265 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures XI p.144)

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