[Frontispiece to Sultan Sham and his Seven Wives]
- [Frontispiece to Sultan Sham and his Seven Wives]
George IV, dressed as a Turk, marches arrogantly past a row of ladies of his harem, holding a large goblet whose contents are spilling. He wears a jewelled turban with the high peak of a fool's cap, terminating in a bell. The end of his long furred robe is held by a thin man (left) wearing a turban decorated with antlers to indicate Lord Conyngham; the latter's arms and legs are bare, and he shambles along, carrying a decanter. The King says: "Variety is charming. Constancy is not for me, so Ladies pray take warning." The seven ladies, all fat and all in quasi-Turkish dress with turbans, watch him intently.
Etching with hand-colouring
- Published in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Height: 177 millimetres
- Width: 225 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered with title, and "Marks fect / London Pubd by W.Benbow 269 Strand."
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Illustration to a verse satire on the life of George IV, in which the villain is Queen Charlotte. The design may derive from prints of the Prince and Lord Jersey in 1796, especially Gillray's 'Grand-Signior retiring' (No. 8807). In No. 8809 there is a picture of the Prince as a Turk among his harem. Among the seven here depicted, but scarcely characterized, are probably, besides Lady Conyngham and Lady Hertford, the Duchess of Richmond, and Mrs. Quentin. The print appears in No. 14030; a similar print is in No. 14049.
Not on display (Caricatures XI p.163)
- Associated with: Charlotte, Duchess of Richmond
- Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
- Associated with: Elizabeth Conyngham, Marchioness Conyngham
- Associated with: Georgina Quentin
- Associated with: Isabella Anne Ingram Shepherd, 2nd Marchioness of Hertford
- Associated with: Henry Conyngham (1st Marquess Conyngham)
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Object reference number: PPA177591
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