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Satirical pamphlet of 28 pages in verse form entitled, "A peep at the P*v****n; or, boiled mutton with caper sauce at the temple of Joss". On the subject of George IV and 'Mrs. Q.', i.e. Mrs. Quentin.
The title page shows the King, dressed as a mandarin, sits framed in a big 'Q', with Mrs. Quentin on his knee. He holds a crown reversed, she wears quasi-Chinese dress, with a head-dress like one of the domes of the Pavilion. Goat-headed satyrs decorate their seat. The 'Q' is made of a Garter, decorated with Q's, in each of which is a woman's face. Behind are the domes and minarets of the Pavilion, burlesqued. The 'Q' is flanked by minarets, up each of which climbs a leech (Leach, see BM Satires No. 13740). It rests on a base of seven ( ? decollated) heads: Eldon in the centre, flanked by two other judges, with (left to right): Castlereagh (smiling), Wellington, Liverpool, and Sidmouth. There are allusions in the (scurrilous) verses to the Queen's 'trial', see BM Satires No. 13825.
A satirical verse is printed below the illustration and the publisher's line reads:
"Seventh Edition. Printed by and for E.Wilson, 88, Royal Exchange (Price One Shilling.)
c. October 1820.
Wood-engraving, vignette on titlepage to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 215 millimetres
Width: 135 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of 'Political Tracts Volume 8.' Number 8 of 10 volumes of political pamphlets, published circa 1819- 1822. Volume 8 consists mainly of various editions of pamphlets bound in volumes 1-7. For another edition of this pamphlet see Volume 1.
The King's relations with 'Q.' or 'Mrs. Q.', were the subject of much scurrility during the Queen's affair. She was the wife of Col. George Quentin of the Tenth Hussars; it was said to be on her account that the officers of the regiment were court martialled for preferring a complaint against him [Cf. "... the rough-rider Q-n, your horrified chum, / "The 'round-robin' Colonel, of c-rds the scum, / "Yet 'leading' the flower of the land! / 'Plenipo and the Devil', 1820, p. 23.], see BM Satires No. 12315.
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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/ or 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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