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Political pamphlet of 22 pages entitled: “The Royal House that Jack Built; Or, 1820.” Lettered below the title: “With Fourteen Cuts.”
1. BM Satires 13810. The vignette illustration on the title page represents a bust portrait of Bartolommeo Bergami, wearing a cocked hat with a plume like that of a field marshal and three orders: a star, and two Maltese crosses. Below, "This is the Courier!" The Princess procured for Bergami a knighthood of Malta and the order of St. Sepulchre, and created the order of St. Caroline, making him Grand Master, see BM Satires Nos. 13890, 14013, 14015, 14129, 14170.
With the publisher’s details at the foot of the page: “London: Printed by and For W. Wright, 46 Fleet Street. 1820. Price One Shilling.”
The pamphlet uses the format of William Hone's famous parody; “The Political House that Jack Built.” see BM Satires No. 13292, narrating the main allegations against Caroline of Brunswick at her “trial.” The supposed evidence that she had committed adultery with her trusted servant Bergami
2. BM Satires 13811. This is the house that Jack built.
3. BM Satires 13812. This is the King, who lives in...
A flattering bust-portrait of George IV.
4. BM Satires. 13813. This is the lady that threatens...
A bust-portrait of the Queen.
5. BM Satires 13814.This is the courier, lov'd by the lady that...
Whole-length portrait of Bergami holding a horse; he wears postilion's boots, and has a badge on his sleeve. See No. 13731.
6. BM Satires 13815. This is the baron, ci-devant courier,
Whole-length portrait of Bergami, in officer's uniform with cavalry boots, holding a cocked hat and wearing his orders.
7. BM Satires 13816. These are the vermin, immoral and base,
Bergami holds up with a complacent grin a miniature for the inspection of a little girl, a woman, and two men, all well dressed. They are 'Promoted by guilt, the nation's disgrace'. Bergami introduced to the Princess's household his sister, Countess Oldi, his daughter Victorine, sometimes styled 'Princess' (cf. 'Journal of H. E. Fox', 1923, p. 21 (11 Dec. 1821): Victorine 'who is they say undoubtedly her child'), and a brother, Lewis, promoted from servant to comptroller of her household.
8. BM Satires 13817. See! These are the horns...
A pair of horns connected by curling hair which might be either regal or taurine.
9. BM Satires 13818. This is the machine, the beast of a tent,
The Princess and Bergami embrace on a sofa, framed in tent draperies ; behind is a large bed surmounted by coronet and ostrich feathers. The tent on the deck of the polacca, in which she and Bergami slept on the voyage from Jaffa to Italy : the one undisputed fact among the allegations of the prosecution. See BM Satires Nos. 13926, 14013, 14122, 14129, 14170, 14175, 14182, 14189, 14196, 14205, 14250, 14273.
10. BM Satires 13819. This is the bath for the fair lady's use,
The Princess steps into a bath (in the tent) beside which kneels Bergami, feeling the temperature of the water (evidence of Majocchi and Demont).
See BM Satires Nos. 13927, 14013, 14129, 14182, 14188, 14205.
11. BM Satires 13820. This is the carriage, which now you may see,
The Princess sits on the knee of Bergami in a travelling-carriage. See BM Satires Nos. 13923, 14013.
12. BM Satires 13821. Look at the kitchen, where two from one dish,
Kitchen scene; the Princess, holding a plate, holds out to Bergami food in a spoon. (Evidence of Majocchi, Parliamentary Debates, N.S. ii. 943).
Cf. No. 14111.
13. BM Satires 13822. Thus carried the dame her pillow from bed, The Princess, in night attire, walks furtively, carrying a pillow. See No. 14129.
14. BM Satires 13823. In this ancient House, the Lords are to try the lady for whom we weep and we sigh. A view of the House of Lords with the two side-galleries erected for the 'trial', see No. 13825.
Wood-engraved vignette illustrations to a letterpress pamphlet
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Height: 214 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 143 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 6”. Number 6 of 10 volumes of "Political Tracts" Published circa 1819-1822. The tone of this pamphlet in the earlier volumes which contain pamphlets which are mainly sympathetic to the Queen. Political Tracts Volume 6 contains pro-monarchy and anti-radical pamphlets.
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Associated Title: The Political House that Jack Built (BM Satires 13292, 1865,1111.388-400.)
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