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- Object: The Grand Entertainment.
Heading to a printed broadside, 'Tune— "The Tight Little Island'". A companion print to No. 12296. The Regent dances between Lady Hertford and her husband, taking a hand of each, before an erection burlesquing the display ('Royal Raree-Show'), see No. 12301, &c. His head is turned to the lady, showing a bulging left cheek; the husband capers obsequiously, antlers sprouting from his forehead; he wears a gown as Lord Chamberlain and holds up a wand of office topped by a fool's cap trimmed with bells. On the extreme left Yarmouth, much caricatured, dances, holding his mother's left hand. Two judges, left and right, are faintly indicated and are probably Eldon and Ellenborough. Between the Regent and the temple round which they dance is a tiny McMahon, capering and holding up a large purse (see No. 11874, &c.), and his hat.
The temple is a model of the screen of Carlton House, inscribed 'The Temple of Folly—!!!', supported on masonry whose small scale is shown by a garland of roses. On the colonnade are the Prince's feathers, surrounded by a cascade of fireworks in which a grotesque figure of Folly is spread-eagled. He has a large grinning head with satyr's ears, and wears a fool's cap; in his left hand is a rattle. This centre-piece is flanked by little men-of-war, in full sail, firing guns. The third of seven verses:
To buy Congreve Rockets
He emptied both pockets,
And [sic] if he his coffers to drain meant,
And Bridges projected,
And Temples erected,
For fireworks and such Entertainment!
O what a wise Entertainment!
A noble Guy Faux Entertainment ?
A puerile taste,
And ridiculous waste Contended in this Entertainment.
[? 1 August 1814]
Hand-coloured etching with letterpress
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Height: 185 millimetres (size of image)
Height: 409 millimetres (size of sheet)
Width: 230 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Other allusions are to the visit of Alexander and Frederick William, Blücher and Platoff, and their departure before the Entertainment, and to the breaking by Princess Charlotte of her engagement, see No. 12280. The verses are from the 'Champion', 26 June ('Spirit of the Public Journals 1814', p. 190 f.). They are also illustrated in No. 12304.
Reid, No. 353. Cohn, No. 1170.
At the bottom of the image there is a hand-written date '12 Aug. 1814'
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