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- Object: Backside & front view of the ladies fancy-man, Paddy Carey
Below the title: O' Killus Esq" &c &c—Erected in Hide Park, in Honor of the "Waterloo Man" & his Soger Men. Note—Supposed to be Erected by his Country women for the releif of his Starving Country men. Above the design: This Brazen Image was erected by the Ladies, in honor of Paddy Carey O' Killus, Esq. their Man O'Metal!!! Two designs side by side.  The back view of the Achilles statue burlesqued on its high pedestal raised on a plinth. The figure wears spurred jack-boots, and is supported under the right thigh by a pair of army trousers decorated by a fig-leaf, and with a stripe inscribed Wellingtons. The posterior is exaggerated. On the pedestal: Placed on this Spot by Command of his | Majesty Geoe IIII—. Spectators crowd round it, all women except for one man who turns to a woman with a prurient leer and the Duke himself, in profile to the left, caricatured, who gazes up at it, stooping forward; he wears uniform with sword and jack-boots and holds his plumed cocked hat in both hands. A buxom lady stands beside him, pointing to the statue; she turns to him to say: See my Ball o' Wax [a slang term for shoemaker]! what we Ladies Can raise, when we wish to put a man in mind of what he has done & we hope will do again when call'd for!!! The Duke answers: The Honor is so great, that all I can say by the Powers, is that I'm Speechless. Two ladies stand arm-in-arm in back view, pointing up at the statue; a little boy asks: Is that—The Regents Bomb Mama? A telescope is directed at the statue, and a little girl is held above the crowd to see the sight. From the crowd labels ascend, inscribed: Do you think it will stand the Weather?; Bless you it will stand any thing; My Eyes what a Size!!; I see it!!
 A front view of the booted statue, displaying a grotesque face, and the fig-leaf. On the pedestal: To "Authur O'Bradly" and his | "Jolly Companions every one" | This Brazen Image of Patrick | O'Killus Esqr— | Is inscribed by their Country-women. Two women (right), arm-in-arm, gaze up. One exclaims: La! they must be a Brazen set of jades to stick up such a thing as this in public— what is it meant for? The other answers: I understand it is intended to represent His Grace after bathing in the Serpentine & defending himself from the attack of Constables. A little girl (or boy) points up, asking What is that Mama? The spectators on the left are generally better dressed and more sophisticated; among them is a black woman. Seven of them say: This will be a place of great attraction in the height of the Season—; You mean the fall of the Leaf I suppose?; I would not give a fig for it; well, for my part I think it a great ugly useless thing; Pray Mem, have you seen the Original one—at Rome; O! yes—the Original is much finer.; I don't think its quite the thing—
On a piece of drapery suspended from the upper margin across both designs:
His Brawny Shoulders 4 ft Square
His Cheeks like thumping Kidney tatees
His legs would make a Chairman Stare
And Pat was loved by all the Ladies"
"The Ladies Joy &c &c" Paddy Carey [see No. 14970]
20 July 1822
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Height: 268 millimetres
Width: 374 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
The statue of Achilles¹ (so-called) by Westmacott, in honour of the Duke's victories, cast in metal from captured French guns, was brought to its site in Hyde Park on 18 June and unveiled on 14 July. The ladies of England subscribed £10,000 for the monument which was copied from the statue on Monte Cavallo, Rome, and was the first public nude statue in England. It was known as 'the ladies man'. According to H. E. Fox (Journal, under date 27 Jan. 1822) the subscribers had been asked to decide whether the colossal figure 'should preserve its antique nudity or be garnished with a fig-leaf; a majority voted for the leaf. See Ann. Reg. pp. 33 ff.; Gent. Mag., 1822 (2), frontispiece, and pp. 70 f., 103 f.; Europ. Mag. lxxxii. 161ff. (the complaints of indecency are strongly condemned); J. Ashton, Hyde Park, 1896, p. 267 f. 'Waterloo Man' was a Radical sobriquet for Wellington, see No. 13302. Similar jests were made on 'the Regent's Bomb', see No. 12799, &c. See also Nos. 14379, 14380, 14383.
A pencil drawing is in the V. & A. (CC. 18 A), the caption continues: 'O Killus Esqr Sogerman.'
¹ The prints on the statue are classed as political although in some the political intention is indirect or perhaps absent.
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