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- Object: St George & the Dragon & Madlle riposting.
A boxing scene (two couples): the Prince of Wales and Hanger are worsted by d'Eon and Joseph de Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In the foreground (right) Hanger staggers backwards under the attack of St. Georges; his hat and bludgeon are on the ground beside him. St. Georges says, "Now in de Mouth, den in de Eye, & den where you like." Behind and on the left the Prince stands limply in front of an arched doorway. The Chevalier d'Eon, in profile to the left, faces the Prince with clenched fists. D'Eon's dress and attitude recall the print of the famous fencing-match with Saint-George at Carlton House on 9 Apr. 1787, [see Picot print in BM 1851,0308.219; Reproduced, Angelo, 'Reminiscences', 1904, ii. 46; attributed to Picot after Robineau. Attributed by Wright and Evans to Gillray, and reprinted in Bohn's 'Gillray', 1851 (No. 375).] though the Chevalier is in the position of a boxer, not of a fencer. D'Eon in a frilled muslin cap and fichu, with ruffled elbow sleeves as in that print; says "vill you have de toder Stroke". The Prince, putting his right hand to his eye, says, "no no I find I cant Stand up to yow now I'm done, Oh! my Eye." His feathered hat is at his feet. Behind him is the curving baluster of a descending staircase. On the wall is the inscription: 'Gentlemen and Ladies Taught the polite Arts of Boxing, Fencing &c &c by------George & ------D'Eon'. On the left hang two crossed foils with a pair of fencing-masks. On the right is a picture of St. George in classical draperies riding down an ass which he transfixes with his spear. 12 October 1789
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 359 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Perhaps a satire on the discomfiture of the Prince by the King's recovery and the withdrawal of the Regency Bill. See BMSat 7509, &c. For d'Eon see 'Catalogue', vol. v.
Reproduced, Paston, pl. cxxxvii.
For the composition on which this print is based, see 1851,0308.219. The Chevalier's trade card from his 1789-90 stay in Londonn is in the Banks collection: D,1.2/ PPA426755
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