A bust portrait divided vertically by a line down the centre of the face, one half (left) representing the Prince of Wales, the other Mrs Robinson, or Perdita. The Prince wears the ribbon and star of the Garter; half of his pleated shirt-frill is visible. Perdita's softly curled hair, with ringlets falling on her shoulder, is framed by a light hood with a curious jagged edge. She also wears a shirt-frill, it surrounds her breast, which is bare. In the lower left corner of the print is a small profile head of the king looking towards the prince with a melancholy expression; he says, "Oh! My Son My Son". On his head is the front half of a crown. Above are the Prince of Wales's feathers with his motto "Ich Dien". On the right, by Perdita's shoulder, is the head of her husband, with branching stag's horns and animal's ears; "King of Cuckolds" and "R--N--S--N" being engraved beneath. The horns support a shelf on which stand the busts of three men believed to be lovers of Perdita: Colonel Tarleton (right) in the plumed helmet which had been popularized by Reynolds's portrait, see BMSat 6116; Fox (a), see BMSat 6117, &c, and Lord North (left) who looks at her through a single eye-glass, see BMSat 6259. 18 October 1783 Etching
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