satirical print(copy of)
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- Object: The knave of hearts
Pen and watercolour design for an engraving [or possibly a copy]. The inscriptions are in ink. The Knave of Hearts of a pack of cards in profile to the left, representing the Prince of Wales. His hat is inscribed 'Amo' and supports a crown constructed of leaves on which sits a bird. In his right hand is a staff ornamented with a heart inscribed 'Fitzherbert' and surmounted by the Prince's feathers and motto, 'Ich dien'. At his feet are seven hearts, two being inscribed 'Armistead' (see BMSat 5352, and index) and Robinson (see BMSats 5767, 6451, &c). Beneath the title is written:
'With artful Tales that Love impart!
He slily Steals each Female Heart.' 13 August 1786
Hand-coloured pen drawing
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Height: 165 millimetres
Width: 112 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
For the Prince's marriage with Mrs. Fitzherbert see BMSat 6924, &c. Cf. BMSat 6969, &c.
Andrew Edmunds (personal communication, December 2011) suggests that this is a copy of a print by Dent published by J. Carter.
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