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"Non mi ricordo!" &c. &c. &c.

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  • Museum number

    1865,1111.401-403

  • Title (object)

    • "Non mi ricordo!" &c. &c. &c.
  • Description

    Political Pamphlet entitled, "Non mi Ricordo &c &c &c," consisting of 14 pages and three wood engraved illustrations.
    The pamphlet parodies the cross-examination of Theodore Majocchi, a servant to Queen Caroline at her 'trial' in 1820. The King is examined on his past life and present occupations, with allusions to the Queen, Ladies Jersey, Hertford, Conyngham, and the Duchess of Richmond.
    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    1. [Title page illustration] The words "Non mi Ricordo! &c &c &c appear in bold type at the top of the title page with the quotation from Cymbeline "This will witness outwardly as strongly as conscience does within" in italics below. The illustration shows George IV, a seedy and bloated dandy, standing at the bar, saying, with melancholy anger, "Non mi Ricordo!" in answer to the question printed below the design: '"Who are you?"'
    Lettering at the foot of the title page reads:
    “London, Printed by and For William Hone, Ludgate Hill, 1820, Sixpence.”
    2. The Grillery: George IV sits on a huge gridiron to which his ankles are chained, being grilled over a fire by two demon-satyrs: one uses bellows, the other a big poker. Contorted with pain he tears his hair in agonized rage. The text below reads: "The fat is in the fire!".
    3. Tailpiece illustrating a satirical adverisment: A corner of a stone building, the “Political House that Jack Built” is on the left, showing a large open window above a closed door. From a projecting beam (right) hangs a sign: 'the Crown'. George IV sits astride the sign, and has almost severed the beam on which he sits, using a saw inscribed 'Self'. He wears a shirt with rolled-up sleeves, spurred jackboots, and a carpenter's cap.
    Within the room above the door five Ministers drink and sing: "God save Great George, Our King." [Lord Chancellor] Eldon is in the centre, flanked by (left to right): Castlereagh, with a scourge and blunderbuss, (?) Harrowby, Liverpool, and Sidmouth with a clyster- pipe. On the door below is a placard: 'Notice of Ejectment—as the Premises are undergoing a Thorough Repair.' Above the door is an irradiated cap of Liberty, as in BM Satires 13304. Below: '"What are you 'at'? What are you 'after'?"' (Comment: The letterpress above, dated '1st September, 1820' explains that "The King is the 'Head Waiter' entrusted with the inn by John Bull, who is about to bring to justice the 'desperate Villains' who have seized the property. The Head Waiter will be kept on by Mr. Bull ('who is really his friend'), 'unless he has actually destroyed or made away with the sign, which Mr. Bull very much admires, it being an heirloom' [cf. BM Satires 13760]." The allegory of John Bull and the Crown Inn derives from Arbuthnot, cf. BM Satires 6005, 8138.) .
    Advertisements at the back of the pamphlet for "Conspiracy", "New Victualling Office", "To Nackermen", "To Manglers", "To Laundresses" and "Strayed and Missing."
    September 1820

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  • Date

    • 1820
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 218 millimetres (approx. page size)
    • Width: 136 millimetres (approx. page size)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        On verso of title page: 'The drawings for this publication are all by Mr. George Cruikshank.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    See BM Satires 13827, for the cross-examination of Majocchi, with the objections of the Solicitor-General, the rulings of the Lord Chancellor, the interpositions of peers, and of the interpreter. The pamphlet was unsuccessfully indicted for libel in 1821, cf. BM Satires 13790.
    'Examiner', 3 Sept. 1820, p. 572. Reissued, 'Hone's Facetiæ', 1827. Reproduced, Jerrold, i. 100.
    The 27th edition was advertised in the 'Examiner', 1 October

    Description from George William Reid 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works of George Cruikshank' (1871):
    'A SATIRE ON THE KING, in the form of an advertisement which is entitled "Strayed and missing" and alludes to the failure of the charges against Queen Caroline and gives a description of "An Infirm Elderly Gentleman." In the [wood]cut the Political House that Jack Built is on the left and his Majesty's particular friends, Eldon, Wellington, Liverpool, Castlereagh and Lord Sidmouth are enjoying their wine in the club room singing "God save great George our King;" outside the window his Majesty, portrayed as a carpenter is seated astride on the end of the support of the sign board which he is sawing through, unconscious that he is falling with the sign of the Royal Crown: beneath is inscribed "What are you at? what are you after" (Reid 2981).'

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13844 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 13845 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 13846 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 2979 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 2980 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 2981 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 4729 bibliographic details
    • Cohn 1924 606 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (184.a.1/5)

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  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: "Non mi ricordo!" &c. &c. &c.
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1865

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1865,1111.401-403

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