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- Object: Hones view of the Regents Bomb, now uncovered, for the gratification of the public, in St James's Park, majestically mounted on a monstrous nondescript, supossed to represent legitimate sovereignty.
A companion broadside to Nos. 12802, 12804. Heading to broadside printed in three columns. A huge mortar, in profile to the left, is supported at an angle of c. 45 degrees on the back of a winged monster with two coiled and scaly tails. At the base two dogs' heads project to the right. This rests on a rectangular block with the Prince's feathers in high relief at one end (left), the whole being mounted on a slab. Below the title: 'To the Admirers and Supporters of Louis XVIII. the Hottentot Venus [Saartjie Baartmansee; No. 11577, &c.], and other strange productions, and to Lord Castlereagh, this View of the Fundamental Features of the Prince Regent's Bomb, is particularly Dedicated.' Two columns of the text are an explanatory description of the monster, the third contains 54 lines on the uncovering of the bomb on 12 Aug. 1816, the Regent's birthday, on Horse Guards Parade (where it remains); ll. 27-42:
Oh, what a 'Bomb!' Oh, Heaven defend us!
The thought of 'Bombs' is quite tremendous!
What crowds will come from every shore
To gaze on its amazing 'bore!'
What swarms of Statesmen, warm and loyal,
To worship 'Bomb' so truly royal!
And first approach 'three' 'secret hags',
Then him the R-t calls 'Old Bags [Eldon]';
Methinks I see V-t [Vansittart] come,
And humbly kiss the royal 'Bomb!'
While T-y W-y [Tylney Wellesley], (loyal Soul)
Will take its measure with a 'Pole';
And C-h [Castlereagh] will low beseech
To kiss a corner of the 'breech';
And next will come old G-y R-e [Georgy Rose]
And in the 'touch-hole' shove his nose!
Hand-coloured etching and letterpress
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Height: 455 millimetres
Width: 280 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
These lines are illustrated in No. 12800. The Spanish Regency had presented to the Prince Regent an enormous mortar (or bomb) which had bombarded Cadiz from the unprecedented distance of three and a half miles, and had been abandoned by Soult after Salamanca. It was presented in memory of Wellington's victory as a token of respect and gratitude from the Spanish nation, with a request that it might be placed in one of the royal parks. A stand for it in the form of a monster intended for Geryon, on account of his connexion with Gades (Cadiz), was designed by Lord Mulgrave and cast at Woolwich Arsenal, Geryon symbolizing Napoleon overcome by Hercules (Wellington). The text, however, explains 'the Bomb' (pronounced to rhyme with come), as 'an elegant and appropriate compliment to Louis XVIII. and Ferdinand VII.; in short, it is a justly admired and spirited personification of Legitimate Sovereignty' (cf. No. 12797). See 'Europ. Mag.' lxx. 177 f.; 'Gent. Mag.' lxxxvi. 2, 271 f., and Nos. 12800, 12801, 12802, 12803, 12804, 12806, 12811, 12842, 12868, 12897, 13058, 13232, 13280.
Reid, No. 2813. Cohn, No. 1209.
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