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- Object: Neptune's last resource or the fortune hunter foiled.
After the title: 'a Sketch from Heathen Mythology'. The Duke of Clarence as Neptune has landed from his car and kneels on the sea-shore, trying to drag two bags from the hands of Saartjie Baartman, 'the Hottentot Venus', see No. 11577, &c. He wears a crown with admiral's uniform and a long grey beard, and kneels on his cocked hat which lies across his trident. Sartjee wears the cap and necklace of other prints, with court-dress; bank-notes issue from a pocket-slit. She strains backward to prevent her large money-bags from being pulled from her hands by the Duke, who says:
"Since golden Long my suit denie,
Some other fortune now I'll try,
Now Venus Barton I'll come o'eer
For wealth's the Goddess I adore.
Dear Venus if report says true,
Your charms has claim'd the public view,
Great Neptune kneels in humble state,
Pray on your rump grant him a seat;
There shall he ride triumphant still,
And your bright gold his pocketts fill."
Sartjee, who smokes her accustomed short pipe, says:
"Ha Massa Neptune vat you Vant?
Me quite up to all your Cant,
For if Missi Golden Long would have you
You would not come to me to sue
And leave your Wife and Pickaninies
To come and try to take my Guineas-"
Close to the shore (left) is Neptune's car with two prancing horses, two attendants blowing trumpets, and a postilion, all dressed as sailors. Behind it flies a flag on which is an anchor. On the right three mermaids rise from the sea to watch the interview.
c. December 1811
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Height: 253 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the Duke's proposal to Miss Tylney-Long see No. 11744, &c.; her sixth refusal was followed, it is said, by proposals to other heiresses. See Fulford, 'Royal Dukes', p.110. 'Examiner', 22 Dec. 1811, p. 820: 'The Duke of Clarence's matrimonial overture to Lord Keith's daughter is reported to be now under consideration. The papers say this is the fourth proposal made by the Duke within these four months.' Cf. No. 12994.
Imprint erased, but traces of 'Walker & Knight, 7 Cornhill' remain.
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