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- Object: R----L Wishkers.
Heading to a printed broadside, 55 ll. of verse: 'L'Adieu, from a puissant Prince to his cast-off Whiskers, on his leaving London to make an Excursion'. The Regent, half length, directed to the right, holds up his false whiskers, regarding them with admiration:
For in curve so enchanting you lay on my chin,
You completely conceal'd all the 'blubber' within.
Behind him is a barber's block, a realistic portrait-head of the Regent, with a comb stuck in the curls of the wig. The verses begin 'Adieu, my dear Whiskers! dear Whiskers, adieu!', and are signed 'G. P. R.' He compares his whiskers with those of Geramb and Lord Yarmouth and imagines them purchased at a broker's shop to be worn by the next Mayor on Lord Mayor's Day, when they amuse 'Sir Archy' in the Court of Exchequer, or, alternatively, to adorn Magog in Guildhall.
- Production date
- 1812 (C.)
Height: 442 millimetres
Width: 130 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The date should be before Sir Archibald Macdonald ceased to be Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Michaelmas 1813. The allusion to Geramb suggests 1812. The whiskers were not discarded till after the Regent's accession in 1820. For a second state with different verses see No. 12806.
Reid, No. 595. Cohn, No. 1935.
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