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Political Pamphlet of 24 pages entitled, 'The R----l fowls; or, the old black cock's attempt to crow over his illustrious mate.'
Subtitled, "A Poem. By the Author of the R—l Brood' (and BM Satires No. 13905).
The frontispiece shows the King as a cock with a human (portrait) head, crowned, stands on a plump sack: 'Green Bag Dunghill' [see BM Satires No. 13735], crowing aggressively at the Queen, a hen with two cocks, Brougham and Denman. From a "Treasury Perch" four cocks with human heads look down at the contest (left to right): Sidmouth, Castlereagh, Eldon, and Liverpool.
Lettered below the illustration:
"Second Edition. London: Printed for Effingham Wilson, 88 Royal Exchange, 1820, Price One Shilling.
The verses (103) narrate the King's life and relations with his wife. Verse 100:
The only danger that appear'd.
Which the whole party greatly fear'd
Was that John Bull might step between,
And shout still louder, Live the Q—.
c. August 1820
Wood-engraving, vignette on titlepage to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 216 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 137 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Bound as part of 'Political Tracts Volume 9.' Number 9 of 10 volumes of political pamphlets, published circa 1819- 1822. Volume 9 consists mainly of duplicates and various editions of pamphlets bound in Vols 1-8.
For other editions of this pamphlet see 'Political Tracts' Volumes 1 and 8.
'The R—l Hen, and the Dunghill Cock', pub. Fairburn, Nov. 1820 (A. de R. xviii. 9) may derive from this cut; it seems to be depicted in BM Satires No. 14049.
According to Cohn this should have a final page (not in any of the three Print Room copies) with a woodcut by G. C. and an advertisement of BM Satires No. 13889.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of satirical pamphlets illustrated by "the Cruikshanks" (ie: George and Isaac Robert) acquired from Harvey, 1863,1114. 90-217, have been bound in 'Political Tracts' Volumes 8 to 9.
They are bound in a different order to that in which they are listed in the Prints and Drawings Department's collection register. Pamphlets which are not illustrated and not attributed to George or Isaac Robert Cruikshank also form part this collection.
The 10 volumes of 'Political Tracts' appear to have been created some years after these pamphlets were purchased. Volumes 1-7 are comprised of pamphlets from the Maskelyne collection acquired by the Museum in 1865. The binding of these pamphlets into volumes of 'Political Tracts.' may have been related to G.W. Reid's 'Catalogue of Cruikshank's Work.' 1871. There is an additional 10th volume containing pamphlets with unknown acquisition sources.
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