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Pamphlet of 20 pages with a single portrait illustration, entitled "Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs Q-----."
The text gives a sympathetic account of the life of Mrs Harriet Quentin who was considered to have been mistress of George IV.
Lettered on the title page with full title, author, verses and publisher's line.
"By Edward Eglantine Esquire.
Embellished with a Striking Likeness"
And the verses attritbuted to Mason:
"Oh! she was fairer than your brightest bloom
That envy owns -now half her charms are fled
Fair as the form that, wove in fancy's loom,
Floats in light vision round the poet's head."
The Publisher's line reads:
"Printed and Published by W. Benbow, Castle Street, Leicester-Square."
The portrait illustration after Huet Villiers, representing Mrs Quentin seated with Eton College in the background, is bound opposite the title page and is lettered with an ornate font below the image, "Mrs Q, Benbow Publisher, May 1822."
Etched illustration with stipple?; letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 220 millimetres (Approximate Page height)
Width: 119 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- 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.
The pamphlet's author references a number of satirical publications and caricatures on Mrs Quentin.
"She has also had the felicity of being caricatured in a hundred situations; in one of which, probably, she was never placed. except upon paper by the artist's imagination."
Mrs Q features in two satires which are also bound in "Political Tracts Volume 2" which link her to George IV.
According to M. Dorothy George (BM Satires 13867) Mrs Quentin and her daughters are depicted in the caricature illustration to "A Peep into the Cottage at Windsor or Love Among The Roses." (1865, 1111, 532).
The "Memoirs of Mrs.Q-" also refers to the "Peep into Windsor Castle in Search of the Lost Mutton!" (1865, 1111, 493). This satirical poem refers to the Queen Caroline affair and the mistresses of George IV.
Mrs Q, is subject of verse 118 on page 22.
For a similar pamphlet imagining George IV's liaison with Mrs Q at Windosr Castle see: The Lost Mutton Found" (1865,1111,618.)
For versions of the portrait of Mrs Q reproduced in this pamphlet, attributed to William Blake after Huet Villiers, see;
1852, 1009, 559.
1867, 1214, 710.
1941, 1011, 4.
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