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- Object: A broad bottom dynasty, the orange transplanted or fruits of a union.
Plate from 'Town Talk', vi. [Vol. vi consists only of the number for March, after which publication ceased. Cohn, p. 229.] The centre of the design is the throne, which faces the spectator on a dais of two steps. Two bulky Dutch gardeners lift an orange tree in a tub, inscribed 'Planted at the Hague AD 1813', to place it on the throne, from which a rose tree in a pot has been thrown, and lies on its side (left). The Royal Arms behind the throne are correctly enclosed in the Garter ribbon, with the Lion and Unicorn as supporters, but the Unicorn looks over its shoulder instead of towards the shield, and on the shield the arms are changed to the lion rampant of the House of Orange. The motto 'Dieu [et mon] Droit' is interrupted by a circle enclosing two clasped hands (signifying the projected marriage of Princess Charlotte to the Hereditary Prince of the Netherlands).
In the foreground (left) a burly English gardener, John Bull, holding a watering-pot inscribed 'G.R.', seizes the bulky breeches of a Dutchman, who stands by the rose tree, and who is contemptuously smoking a pipe. He says: "Aye you may bump away Mr Mynheer—but I'll be d—d if I give up the care of my Favorite Rose that I have water'd from the purest Stream for this Cetnury [sic] past." Behind John and on the left are an Irishman and a Scot. The former, with coat-tails flying, flourishes a very gnarled shillelagh, saying, "By Jasus, Mr Bull! and what's all this Blarney about, By St Patrick if the Rose of old England baint tumbled from its sait and and [sic] the Old Gardener turnd out of plaice! Off with you dyke trotters or I'll rattle my Shillaleah about your sconces." Behind him a Highlander lunges forward with a broad-sword, saying, "Hauld your hands there ye loons I will naer sae our Native Flower displaced for any Foreign Plant! I weel protect the auld partner of the Thistle." Behind, four aspirants for office bow obsequiously to a fat uncouth Dutchman who stands between them and the throne, bending towards them with more of aggression than courtesy. He holds behind his back a 'List of Places' and says: "Nay Mynheer dare is nil room!" Of the four, only Sidmouth is recognizable; their leader says: "We are descendants of the famous Broad Bottom Administrain [sic], we [see No. 10530] shall be happy to fill any Situation for the service of the Orange Tree. Mynheer."
On the right a crowd of Netherlanders advances towards the throne from a high archway (right) through which are seen the sails and rigging of a ship with the striped flag of the Sovereign Prince. They are led by a fat and jovial man wearing an enormous Chancellor's wig (on which a hat is perched) and long gown, and carrying the mace against his shoulder. He says, pointing to the orange tree, "Dat is good change. Fine smell fine taste for nothing but smell." He is followed by an equally fat tax-collector, with a pen behind his ear and a large empty purse draped round the big 'Netherlands Tax Book' which he holds under his arm. He says: "Yaw Yaw Mynheer! dat is very good change for us. I put some money in de purse now." Beside him (right) is a stout peasant woman holding a miniature orange tree in a little tub; she says: "Dese Oranges from de grote tree, will keep up de stock." The others all carry their burdens on their heads: a fishwife with a barrel of 'Herrings', a man with a basket of spherical 'Cheese[s]', another carrying a large cask of 'Hollands', a dairymaid carrying a pail of 'New Milk', while three more casks, two labelled 'Butter', are behind.
1 March 1814
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Height: 200 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 503 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A satire on the projected marriage of Princess Charlotte to the Prince of Orange. It is suggested that a Dutch Prince will rule in England, ousting the House of Brunswick. It was, however, agreed throughout the negotiations that the sovereignty of Britain and the Netherlands should never be united: the first son would succeed in England, the second in Holland; failing a second son, the Dutch succession would go to a collateral branch of the House of Nassau. The Opposition were opposed to the marriage for various reasons, and worked up an agitation against it. See Renier, 'Great Britain and the Establishment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands', 1930, pp. 163-98; 'The Ill-fated Princess', 1932, pp. 84 ff. See Nos. 12189, 12273.
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Associated Title: Town Talk; or, living manners
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