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Political pamphlet of 32 pages (numbered pages 2-30.) entitled: 'Brazena.' Lettered beneath the title: "By Old Ben of Cambridge."
The vignette illustration on the title page represents the "trial" of Queen Caroline. A caricatured Caroline of Brunswick, standing (r) covers her face with her hands.
Lettered beneath the image with the quotation: "Look to the Queen- Shakespeare."
With the publisher's line at the foot of the page:
"Printed for W. Wright, 46 Fleet Street, And May be Had of All Booksellers. 1820, Price One Shilling.
The pamphlet uses the form of Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' to satirize radicals notably Hone and Carlile and Caroline of Brunswick.
Wood engraved vignette illustration on titlepage of a letterpress pamphlet
Height: 220 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 131 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Not described in 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. This publication content contrasts with the pamphlets in the earlier volumes, the majority of which are sympathetic to Queen Caroline, see Volumes 2 and 3 in particular.
The composition of the frontispiece illustration bear strong resemblance to that of Sir George Hayter's painting, 'The Trial of Queen Caroline,' circa 1820-23, in the National Portrait Gallery, NPG 999, commissioned by George Agar Ellis after a sketch by Hayter. Despite the slightly later date of Hayter's painting, it appears to have been known from the drawing, (See 1912-3-7-6) which motivated its commission.
The author "Old Ben of Cambridge" may be an associate of, or the same author as "Tom of Oxford" the pseudonym used for two anti-radical pamphlets. These are also bound in "Political Tracts Volume 6." 'The radical harmonist' (1865,1111.976.) and 'Solomon Logwood. A radical tale.' (1865,1111.977)
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Associated Title: Solomon Logwood; a radical tale (Possibly by the same or an associated author (See curatorial comments))
Associated Title: The radical harmonist (Possibly by the same or an associated author (See curatorial comments))
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