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Satirical Pamphlet of 24 pages written in verse entitled:
“Kouli Khan: or, the progress of error.”
The illustration beneath the title depicts:
1. BM Satires 13831.Two barristers, one (right) Brougham, the other (?) Gifford, with battledores, preparing to strike a bag of 'Green Bag Lies' [see BM Satires No. 13735], which is in the air between them. The satire is a history of George IV, from his coming of age to his order to Ministers to 'Prepare a Black B—l—for to ground a Di—ce'. BM Satires 13831.
The publisher’s line is lettered beneath the illustration:
“Published by WILLIAM BENBOW, 269 Strand, Sold also by the Booksellers.
The verse concerns George IV’s treatment of Queen Caroline, characterising him as a Persian “Chieftain.” In addition to the verse and illustrations, a number of quotations are included beneath the illustrations.
2. BM Satires 13832. "Kouli Khan" George IV (whole-length) in the character of a young Persian prince, depicted as a fat, elderly Chinese mandarin.
3. BM Satires 13833. [Delicate Investigation] The Princess stands at a table, her hand on her heart, demonstrating her innocence to four seated men; Eldon is the most conspicuous. At her feet is a book; 'Thou shalt not swear falsely'. (See BM Satires No. 13795. )
4. BM Satires 13834. [The Regent Separates his Wife and Daughter] Kouli Khan drives a weeping Chinese princess, Princess Charlotte, into a prison, by which stands a Chinese gaoler wearing a mitre (Bishop of Salibury, see BM Satires No. 12292), while his outraged wife departs towards a waiting boat. (See BM Satires No. 13797.) A tailpiece of a ship is represented on the following page.
5. BM Satires 13835.[The Regent and Lady Hertford] Kouli Khan sprawls on a sofa, his arm round 'a fat M-ch-ss' (Lady Hertford, see BM Satires No. 11853).
6. BM Satires 13836. [The Regent drinks and revels] Kouli Khan carouses with Castlereagh, Lady Hertford, and Sidmouth. Dice and cards lie on the ground.
The form and font of the verse change on the following two pages and a small taipiece image of a bearded figure holding a sword is represented at the end of this section.
7. BM Satires 13837. [The Green Bag] Ministers stand round a large bag of 'Lies' which they have just sealed up; it is held by (?) Leach. In the foreground are Sidmouth and Castlereagh. Behind the table, very dejected, is Liverpool; Eldon scowls dubiously. Three of the men in the background hold papers inscribed 'Lies'. See No. 13735.
8. BM Satires 13838.[George IV and 'his divan'] Kouli Khan, seated on the throne holding the 'Green Bag', addresses his Ministers: Sidmouth, Eldon, and Liverpool; other are indicated behind him. Having just succeeded his father, he orders them to prevent his wife's return, presenting them with the Bag. An unusually correct rendering of the situation, (see BM Satires No. 13760, &c. )
9. BM Satires 13839.[The offer of the bribe] The Queen, standing between Wood and Brougham, angrily rejects the proposed '£50,000' held out to her by Hutchinson. All wear English dress. (See BM Satires No. 13730, &c.)
10. BM Satires 13840. [The Queen's return] Kouli Khan faints on hearing of the Queen's intentions. He is surrounded by Eldon, Castlereagh (with a scourge), Sidmouth, and Liverpool. Behind, the Queen enters, followed by a lady (Lady Ann Hamilton). (Cf. BM Satires No. 13727.) (BM Satires 13840.)
c. August 1820
Wood-engraving, vignette on title-page to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 212 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 137 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- (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 2.' Number 2 of 10 volumes of 'Political Tracts' A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822. The contents of this volume mainly concern the Queen Caroline affair and satirise the Prince Regent, subsequently George IV, his court and ministers. For another edition of this pamphlet, see 'Political Tracts Volume 9.'
The illustrations, with exception of 13832 are without titles although M. Dorothy George provides subtitles for given in square brackets. The text also contains two tailpieces without catalogue numbers, see object description for further details.
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- Associated names
Associated with: Henry Peter, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom (Represented in the persona of "Kouli Khan" throughout the pamphlet)
Associated with: Robert Gifford, Baron Gifford
Associated with: John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
Associated with: Caroline of Brunswick
Associated with: Princess Charlotte of Wales
Associated with: John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury
Associated with: Isabella, Marchioness of Hertford
Associated with: Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess of Londonderry
Associated with: Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
Associated with: Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
Associated with: Sir John Leach
Associated with: John Hely Hutchinson, 2nd Earl of Donoughmore
Associated with: Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Baronet
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Associated Title: Kouli Khan; or, the progress of error.
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