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A companion to the Q-n's Ass in a Band-box

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  • Title (object)

    • A companion to the Q-n's Ass in a Band-box
  • Description

    A counterblast to No. 14110, and an imitation of its manner, in the guise of a companion plate. As in that plate, a zebra with a man's head stands in an oval bandbox, but in profile to the right. The head is (presumably) Lord Conyngham; the creature is grey, scraggy rather than plump as before, and with much longer (ass's) ears. On it sits Lord Francis Conyngham; in place of the Queen's bandbox is a larger box, torn to show that it contains fur, and inscribed .Lady Eliza[beth's] Muff Box.; this covers the rider from chest to thigh. In his right hand is a rolled document: 'Bishop [of Londo]n's golden rule Kings can do no wrong' [see No. 14133]. The zebra's neck is encircled by necklaces of jewels; in place of the sieve in No. 14110, a hand (the King's) from the right margin holds out a plate of jewels close to its voracious mouth. The lid of the bandbox in which it stands is inscribed 'Hertford [lightly scored through] Cunningham' [see No. 13847]. The box, which is patterned with roses, is full of papers: 'Essays by exalted writers bought by the Pall Mall Booksell[er]'; 'Croker Poetical Slanders'; 'Malicious Anecdotes for John Bull', and a newspaper headed 'John Bull Sunday Mag . . .' Behind (right) is the Cottage with a group of stag, doe, and fawn, and (left) Windsor Castle.
    May 1821
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1821
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 271 millimetres
    • Width: 206 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title, and "London Pubd by S.W.Fores, corner of Sackville St Picadilly".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    A satire on the influence of, and gifts to, the Conyngham family, and on the Press campaign against the Queen, led by Theodore Hook's scurrilous but able Sunday paper 'John Bull': Croker was believed to be its main support. Brightfield, 'J. W. Croker', 1940, pp. 174-6. Lord Conyngham was appointed Groom of the Bedchamber and Master of the Robes in 1820. See Lady Williams Wynn, 'Corr.', 1920, pp. 238, 241. In December Greville recorded that he had (unofficially) supplanted Bloomfield as the King's private secretary and indispensable factotum. See 'Memoirs', 1938, i. 122. For gifts of jewels see No. 14366, &c.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14181 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures XII p.167)

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