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- Object: Fashionable Follies. Les Follies á la Mode.
A series of isolated figures and groups arranged in two strips, a line separating the upper from the lower. Probably an imitation of BMSat 7301.
 'Walking Le Marcheur'. A man walks in profile to the right, his hands held as if in a walking-race. Identified in an annotation as Captain Barclay, but actually Foster Powell..
 'Sparring L'escrime'. Two men boxing; they wear gloves and jackets. Identified as Humphries (left) and Mendoza (right), see BMSat 7425.
 'Trotting Le Troteur'. A fashionably dressed man trots in profile to the right; he pulls on the curb, the snaffle lies on the animal's neck. A surcingle passes twice over his saddle. An imitation of Bunbury's 'Gambado', see BMSats 7231-42. He is identified as the Duke of Bedford.
 'Stone Eating Le mangeur de pierres'. A man stands full-face, holding a large stone which he gnaws; a pile of similar stones is beside him. He is dressed to represent a (stage) savage. The performances of a 'Stone Eater' were much advertised in the press and in hand-bills in 1788. Cf. BMSat 7287.
 'The Barber at Court. Le Peruquier á la Cour'. A barber (right) kneels at the feet of a lady who walks away from him (left) with a distressed expression. A comb is thrust in his hair, his curling-tongs protrude from his pocket.
 'Malice la Malice'. Thurlow, seated by a small table on which he rests his left arm, cuts his throat with a razor. On the table is a paper: 'Appointment of Sr Pepper Arden'. Thurlow's opposition to Arden's appointment as Master of the Rolls was notorious, see BMSat 7334, &c.
 'Correction à la Francoise'. The Prince of Wales, saying "Grace Grace", kneels humbly at the feet of the Due d'Orléans who stands above him (left) flourishing a whip. A lean man in quasi-clerical dress, the brother of Orléans, prances on the right, saying, "Je suis Mouillé jusgu'aux os". Both Frenchmen wear ear-rings, but Orléans, like the Prince, wears top-boots. See BMSat 7338.
 'Canvassing Les quèteuses de voix'. A man dressed as (?) a stable-boy stands between two ladies who both wear hats with the ostrich feathers of the Prince of Wales and election favours inscribed Townsend. One (left), probably the Duchess of Devonshire, takes both his hands; the other, who resembles Lady Archer, offers him a purse, placing her hand on his shoulder. See BMSat 7360.
 'Gambling Les Joueurs'. Three gamblers sit at a rectangular table on which are piles of guineas. The Prince of Wales (left) has just made a throw; a man seated opposite him may be Admiral Pigot; both hold purses. Between them and behind the table sits the Duke of York. See BMSat 7301 (5).
 'A free Election La liberté de L'election'. George III falls to the ground, his head bleeding, Fox stands over him with a bludgeon. Behind them Lord John Townshend puts Pitt to flight, holding up a bludgeon; Pitt's head is also bleeding. Fox says, "Jack now I am King you shall be Prime Minister." Townshend says, "Yes your Majesty shall allways find me a faith-full Minister". For the riots at the Westminster by-election see BMSat 7353, &c.
 'Dispatching Il se brule la Cervelle'. George Hanger stands in profile to the right, firing a pistol into his mouth; from his pocket issues a paper inscribed 'Debts of Honr'. His bludgeon (cf. BMSat 6926) lies on the ground.
 'Comedy La Comedie'. A stout lady stands in profile to the right holding a smiling mask, and making a theatrical gesture with her right hand. She resembles Mrs. Hobart, who took a prominent part in the Richmond House theatricals, see BMSat 7215, &c.
 'Cat Eating Le Mangeur de chats'. A lean man stands in profile to the left biting a cat.
 'Diamond finding Trouvaille de Diamant'. Queen Charlotte (right) stoops to pick up a diamond which lies on the ground. The King stands opposite her, his right hand extended, saying, "put it in your Pocket". 29 July1788.
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Height: 349 millimetres
Width: 965 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of many satires on the supposed bribery of the Queen by Warren Hastings, see BMSat 6978, &c.
The design is on two plates, but the prints are clipped and the two sections have been pasted together. 1-4 and 8-10 and the English title are on the first plate (left).
The correction to the identification of "Le Marcheur" was made by Roderick Clayton (personal communication, 8 November 2007)
- Not on display
- Associated names
Representation of: Foster Powell
Associated with: Lady Sarah Archer
Associated with: Richard Pepper Arden, 1st Baron of Alvanley
Associated with: Captain Robert Barclay Allardice
Associated with: Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford
Associated with: Charlotte, Queen of George III
Associated with: Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Associated with: Charles James Fox
Associated with: Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany and Bishop of Osnabrück
Associated with: George III, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: Warren Hastings
Associated with: Albinia Hobart, Countess of Buckinghamshire
Associated with: George Hanger, 4th Baron Coleraine
Associated with: Richard Humphries
Associated with: Daniel Mendoza
Associated with: Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d'Orléans
Associated with: Adm Hugh Pigot
Associated with: William Pitt the Younger
Associated with: Abbé de Saint-Albin
Associated with: Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow
Associated with: Lord John Townshend
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