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- Object: An hieroglyphical card from the bird of paradise to the Prince.
A printed letter with small woodcuts representing objects, from the 'Rambler's Magazine'.
(Eye) (can) (knot) (bee)hold (yew) (butt) (eye) am struck w(eye)th a (pan)ic, and must salute (yew) out of (hand). (Yew) are (awl) the (world) (toe) me! Were (eye) (butt) (inn) (yew)r (arms), (eye) should (bee) happy. Had (eye) a (maid)en(head) it should (bee) at (yew)r ser(vice), for (eye) (can) (knot) (bear) (toe) (bee) from (yew). How is Mr (fox) ? (eye) long for a (brush) from h(eye)m. (Well) may the Duchess (bee) del(eye)ghted w(eye)th h(eye)m. Every (bell) (eye)s mad for h(eye)m. (Bee)r(eye)ng (inn) (yew)r (hand) the Colonel [Fitzpatrick?].
Adieu, my (heart),
The (bird) of Para(dice).' 1 February 1785
Printed text with small woodcuts
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 108 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Mrs. Mahon, 'the bird of paradise', a noted courtesan of good birth, tried to attract the Prince of Wales. H. Bleackley, 'Ladies fair and frail', 1909, pp. 247 ff. See BMSat 5948, &c.
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