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- Object: The Devonshire amusement.
A design in two compartments, the Duchess of Devonshire (left) 'politic mad', and the Duke (right) attending to his infant.
 The Duchess stands looking to the left, her hair partly loosened and streaming in the wind which blows her petticoats. She holds in her right hand a long staff, on which is the head of Fox, and two pendant foxes' brushes; on a cross-piece is the word 'Liberty'. In her right hand is a ribbon from which hangs a large flat ribbon-trimmed hat; in her hair are ostrich feathers (cf. BMSat 6530). In her left hand she holds out a print of (?) the Prince of Wales, whole length, leaning against a horse. [It resembles Reynolds's portrait of the Duke of Devonshire] She is saying "A Prince should not be limited". On the ground at her feet is a paper inscribed 'Secret Influence', and a print which is copied in reverse from BMSat 6520. A loosened garter hangs beneath her petticoat bearing the Cavendish motto, 'Cavendo tutus'. Across the front of her bodice is a large 'Fox' favour. A bird stands on a cloud above her head saying, "No Tax on Maidenheads no Wray". It resembles a dove but may be intended for the bird (? a starling) which appears in prints of the Duchess canvassing the butchers.
For the attachment of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess see Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, v. 370-2, and BMSat 6263.
 The Duke sits on a chair, his infant face downwards on his knee; he appears to be changing her napkin; clean towels hang over a line beside him; at his feet is the cradle. He is saying, "This Work does not suit my Fancy. Ah William every one must be cursed that like thee takes a Politic Mad Wife". From his coat-pocket hangs a paper, 'Letters to Married Women'. On the back of his chair is a ducal coronet. On the ground is a paper, 'Your Votes are requested for C. J. Fox'. Beside the duke (left) is a round table on which are a tea-pot and cup. On the wall are his hat and a bust portrait of himself with horns. On a shelf are pieces of pottery, including the headless figure of a woman. A curtain is draped across the upper right corner of the design. 24 June 1784
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 365 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
A newspaper paragraph alleged: 'While her Grace is busied in canvassing the Constituents, her domestic husband is employed in the nursery-----' 'Westminster Election', p. 234. Cf. BMSat 6546, &c.
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