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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:
"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 1.' A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, one of 10 volumes. For other versions of this pamphlet, see 'Political Tracts' Volumes 8 and 9.
'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 No. 13889.
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