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Political pamphlet of 34 pages concerning the Queen Caroline affair entitled 'Doll tear sheet alias The Countess de je ne me rapelle pas,'
Lettered beneath the title, 'A match for non mi ricordo. With cuts.'
The pamphlet is a (prose) parody of the cross-examination of Louise Demont, a witness at Queen Caroline's "trial" on 1, 2, and 4 Sept.
1. BM Satires 13859.The frontispiece illustration represents George IV, in military uniform with jack-boots, and wearing a fool's cap, holds up a scourge with which he lashes a top inscribed 'Constitution'. In his left hand is a bottle inscribed 'Imbecility'. He says: "I shall make it spin as long as I can." Below: 'Keeping it up!!'
With the publisher’s line:
“London: Printed and Published by John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate Hill, One Shilling.”
2. BM Satires 13860.'Doll tear-sheet placed at the bar.' Demont, dressed much as in BM Satires No. 13857, stands pert and defiant, arms akimbo, holding a reticule.
3. BM Satires 13861. 'Lud Chanticleer.' Eldon sits on the Woolsack, inscribed 'Wool', saying with a scowl 'in hoc signo vinces'; his right hand grasps that of a little demon dressed as a parson, who puts a finger to his nose, saying: "I like this." In his left hand he holds up the 'Green Bag', see BM Satires No. 13735. He tramples on two papers: 'Religion' and 'Constitution'. (Eldon cites Constantine, cf. BM Satires No. 10416, though the sign is not the Cross.) An altered copy is BM Satires No. 14016.
4. BM Satires 13862.'The Marquis of Dandy.' Conyngham, horns sprouting from his coronet, strides forward, holding out a paper inscribed 'A Dukedom'. Behind his back he holds a second paper: 'Horns'. He says: "God save great George our King", turning his back on 'Windsor Cottage' (in the background), outside which Lady Conyngham is seated on the King's knee. The little building is surmounted by a shallow dome, on which is a dragon-weathercock. The cut was used again, (see BM Satires No. 14202.)
5. BM Satires 13863.'Ghost of backgammon.' Louise Demont shrieks and staggers back at the sight of Bergami, wearing only a shirt and night-cap and holding a candle. (She gave evidence, 30 August, of seeing him, so dressed, going to the Princess's room at Naples, 'Parliamentary Debates', N.S. ii. 1113).
6. BM Satires 13864.'The Jew-Harper and Doll Tear Sheet.' See BM Satires No. 13859. Demont and a Jewish harper sit amorously side by side in a ship's cabin, beside the berth. She shows him an open music-book, pointing to the words 'Black Joke'. See M Satires No. 13856, 1935,0522,12,146.
c. September 1820
Wood-engraved illustrations on a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 221 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 136 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)
A 'Coloured Edition on fine paper' was advertised. See No. 13857.
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 vols 1-7.
See 'Political Tracts Volume 3' for another copy of this pamphlet. Volume 3 contains numerous pamphlets on the Queen Caroline affair.
For a pen and ink study for the frontispiece see: 1868, 0808.12933.
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Associated Title: 'Non mi ricordo.' (For another satire on the witnesses at Queen Caroline's "trial" see 1865, 401-403 BM Satires 13844-18846)
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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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