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- Object: A peep at the Plenipo-!!!
A scene at Court, the throne partly visible on the extreme right, the King and Queen conversing. The centre figure is the tall 'Plenipotentiary' or Turkish Minister, wearing a jewelled and feathered turban, Turkish trousers, and a long furred robe. He looks down at the fat Lady Buckinghamshire; she gazes up at him with both hands raised in astonishment. Behind him, Mrs. Fitzherbert holds up the skirt of his robe, as if to inspect it, her right hand raised in astonishment. In the foreground (left) is the little Duchess of York in back view, looking up at the Prince of Wales. A head on the extreme left appears to be that of the Duke of York. The Duke of Richmond (right), standing 'chapeau-bras', in profile to the left, inspects the Plenipotentiary through an eye-glass. The background is crowded with figures, chiefly of ladies, who gaze at the Plenipotentiary's back. Among them is the head of a judge (? Loughborough). The Lord Chamberlain (Salisbury), holding his wand, faces the throne. Beneath the design are eight lines of verse beginning:
'When he came to the Court, oh! what giggle and sport,' 1 January 1794.
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Height: 326 millimetres
Width: 380 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
For the Plenipotentiary, see BMSat 7935, a similar print. Cf. BMSat 8356.
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