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Satrical pamphlet of 8 pages entitled: “The Voyage of Admiral George Carlton in Search of Loyalty. A Poetic Epistle.”
The verse is written in the character of a sailor critiquing the government of George IV and using the allegory of a ship for Queen Caroline:
"Our Admiral, you surely know,
Had long ne'er met or found a foe.
Of comfort fond as folk report,
His vessel snugly lay in port,
'Til sudden came what seamen call
A swift and unexpected squall!
And his proud ship, so fate's design,
Was shattered by the Caroline."
The frontispiece illustration, printed beneath the title in a rectangular frame, represents a female figure with plumed headpiece boarding a ship. She is attended by a page holding her train and takes the hand of a male figure. A guardsman/ oarsman with a plumed helmet stands on the ship. A group of figures in picturesque costumes attend her on the shore, in the foreground two male on either side of a female figure all wearing plumed headpieces. Silhouetted figures carrying standards and the ship's sail are behind them. Silhouettes of ships can be seen in the background.
Lettered beneath the illustration:
Printed and Published by J.L. Turner, 170, Aldersgate Street, 1820, Price Three Pence."
Wood engraved frontispiece illustration to letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 212 millimetres (Approx page height)
Width: 137 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 4" a compilation of 21 pamphlets often satirising the Regent, subsequently, George IV and referencing the Queen Caroline affair.
The pamphlet is not listed with Turner's other illustrations in M. Dorothy George, "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum." Vol X.
Cohn names the author of the poem as WM Gardiner.
According to Cohn, the frontispiece woodcut by George Cruikshank is taken from the vignette woodcut illustrations for Gardiner's "The Magic Spell, Containing the History and Extraordinary Adventures of Prince Lucillo and Princess Rayonette." This may explain the quasi-historical costume of the figures in the frontispiece and its indirect relationship to the pamphlet's text.
For support for Queen Caroline from sailors and the navy, see: "The British Seaman's address to his Queen" (BM Satires 13886.) in "The Queen's Budget Opened" (1865, 1111,569-576.) Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 2."
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