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A sea voyage taken by the recommendation of Doctor Sid & Co for the restoration of the Great Babes health

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    • A sea voyage taken by the recommendation of Doctor Sid & Co for the restoration of the Great Babes health
  • Description

    George IV leads a procession to the waterside to embark in the royal yacht, preceded by the Attorney-General with a 'Green Bag' [see No. 13735] under each arm, and a bottle of 'Milan Brandy' [see No. 13755, &c.] in each hand. The latter, much caricatured and with a malevolent countenance, says: "The Tide is against His Ma—je—ty but should He be able to clear Cuckolds Point [cf. No. 13769] no doubt he will easily weather Cape Horn." The King, wearing sailor's trousers, rollicks along between Lady Hertford and Lady Conyngham (see No. 13847), arm-in-arm with both and looking towards the latter. He holds in one hand a purse inscribed '2/6', in the other a bottle: 'Decoction of Bergamy', and wears a long watch-ribbon inscribed 'Non mi ricordo' [see No. 13827]. Both ladies carry reticules inscribed '2/6' [half a crown, cf. No. 13826]. Lady Hertford: "I hope your Ma—je—ty will not forget your promise (when in Hertford) to take a peep in Y—amouth [sic] Roads—as the Sea breezes might be beneficial." Lady Conyngham: "Don't doubt us your Ma—je—ty we shall never be wanting to lend a Hand to raise the Royal G . . . e." Behind walk Sidmouth and Castlereagh, the latter wearing a triangular hat, holding a scourge and fetters and with a package inscribed 'Irish Wiskey Triangular Proceedings' [see No. 14135] under his arm. Sidmouth carries a 'Royal Medecine Chest' under his arm, with a clyster-pipe (cf. No. 9849) inscribed 'Portable Soup'; on his head is a commode-pan inscribed 'Stink Pot for the Radicals'. He says: "Take care of the Green Bags, Stow 'em safe— for should the Sea Water touch them they'll rot sooner than is expected—and his Ma—je—ty would run the chance of loosing half a Crown" [see No. 13826]. They are followed by Liverpool and Canning, both wearing, like the King, top-hats ornamented with crowns, to show they are the King's servants. Liverpool has a pen behind his ear and carries two bags, one inscribed 'Pursers Profits', the other 'Nip Cheese 75 Per Cent'. He says "one and one makes two. Canning carries a weathercock (cf. No. 13737) and says: "A fine Breeze and we shall soon be out of the scent of Cotton Yard [see No. 13824] theres a kind of Vapour gathering in that Quarter that's likely to be very offensive, unless the rubbish is shortly removed!!" In the foreground on the extreme left walks Sir William Curtis, in the sailor's dress of the Walcheren Expedition, see No. 11353, &c. He has a vast paunch inscribed 'The Orphans Fund' [see No. 13706] and 'Blubber', and carries a large turtle, a knife, and a long spoon. He says: "Who so blythe so blythe as we to take a voyage a voyage to Sea Along with his great Ma—je—ty." Behind is a man carrying on his head a basket of kitchen 'Stores': gridiron, kettle, &c. The yacht 'Royal George' is in the background (right), flying the Royal Standard and with sailors in the rigging.
    September 1820
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1820
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    • Height: 191 millimetres
    • Width: 318 millimetres
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        Lettered with title and speech in image, and "Pubd by E.Pritchard Islington Green Sepr 1820".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    On 19 Sept. the King embarked at Brighton in the royal yacht (cf. No. 12804); it was reported that: 'He did not seem in high spirits' and that provisions of every kind, with cooks were taken on board. Also, that 'he slunk down to the shore in a private grey carriage'. 'Examiner', 1820, pp. 616, 625. The Queen's 'trial' (see No. 13825) was adjourned from 9 Sept. to 3 Oct. For the 'Great Babe', cf. No. 13764, &c. Cf. a penny broadside, pub. Catnach, 'A Great Babe going to "Sea"', in prose and verse by a street author (B.M.L. 1875. d. 8/88). For this yachting trip see also Nos. 13852, 13854, 13887, 13965. The print is advertised, price 1s. coloured, on No. 13865.


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    • BM Satires 13853 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (Caricatures XII p.125)

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