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- Object: Droits droits droits!!!!
Royal princes and princesses (l.) approach a table heaped with coin, notes, and money-bags; they hold out receptacles to be filled. Above, and presiding over the table, are the Royal Arms, tilted forwards and based on a scroll where the words 'Mon Droit' are very conspicuous. 'D[ieu] et' is almost hidden by the leg of the lion as it kicks a bag inscribed '20,000' towards a much larger bag held out by the Duke of York, the most prominent and eager of the princes. The lion says, with an angry glare: '20.000 more take them'. The unicorn (resembling the White Horse of Hanover) scrambles forward towards the money. On the shield only the words 'Mal y P[ense]' are visible, and the crown is unsteadily poised. The Duke of York is in uniform; through his sash is thrust a long bill headed 'Debts of Honour', followed by 'D°' often repeated. From his pocket hangs a paper: 'Genl, Coll, Comdr Govr, rangr, Comm Broker, Leapfrog [see BMSat 10740], [?] teacher, 100,000 pr Anm.' Behind him the Duke of Clarence holds out a cracked chamber-pot (emblem of Mrs. Jordan, see BMSat 7909, &c). Next is the Duke of Kent. Two (?) princesses [According to a note on A. de R. x. 155 they are Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Carey, mistresses of the Duke of York.] (Augusta Sophia and Elizabeth) stand on the extreme left., with comparatively small purses. Four other purses are held up by hands of younger princes or princesses who are hidden behind their elders. On the opposite side of the table (r.) is John Bull as an angry yokel, in a patched smock, bringing a large sack inscribed: 'Taxes Income Assessed [cf. BMSat 10564] Fire Water Earth Air.' He contributes to the store of gold. Behind him are four hungry children shouting "Oh give us some Bread." 19 February 1808
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 354 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Burdett raised the question of the Droits of Admiralty accruing to the Crown from captures at sea, asking whether reports in the Press that the King had granted large sums to branches of the royal family, especially the Duke of York, were true. The Chancellor of the Exchequer answered that the property condemned in the Admiralty Court legally accrued to the King and had been disposed of in various ways: to the captors, to compensate for war loans, for public services; and that occasional grants had been made to younger branches of the royal family. Burdett's motion for a return of all droits and appropriations since 1793 was defeated. 'Parl. Debates', x. 409 f., 449-61 (9 and 11 Feb.). The Duke of York is accused of trafficking in army commissions, thus (like BMSat 10729, &c.) foreshadowing the Clarke scandal. For Droits see also BMSat 10976.
Reid, No. 39. The print is evidently by I. C, and an impression belonging (1931) to Mr. W. T. Spencer is endorsed: 'By my Father I. Cruikshank not a touch by me G. Ck.' [Inscriptions excepted.]
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