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- Object: The Dutch Apollo!
The Prince of Orange (left), dressed like a Dutchman in (English) caricature, kneels with arms extended imploringly at the feet of Princess Charlotte (a good portrait). He wears Apollo's wreath, decorated with small oranges, before him is his clumsy flower-pot hat, containing a paper: 'Rules for the game of ye Dutch Pins' (ninepins); beside this is a Jews' harp, a degraded form of Apollo's lyre. His breeches are enormously bulky, and a tobacco-pipe projects from a pocket. He sings:
"Lovely Maid, assuage my Anguish!
At your feet your true love sighs;
Do not let your Dutchman languish,
If you frown, alas he dies!"
She answers, pointing to his breeches:
"From what I feel, and what I see,
There's nought about you that bewitches;
Unless indeed a charm may be
In a Dutchman's great big breeches!!!"
She stands beside a table (right) at which she has been sitting. On this are her painting materials, pencil, brushes, cakes of water-colour, porcelain palette, and jar of water, with an open box. Her painting is on a sloping board: a fat Dutchman trudges off, a bundle at his back, in the direction of a sign-post pointing 'To Holland'; he grasps his head despairingly. Behind the Prince a French window with draped curtains gives on to a small balcony. By the window are flowering plants in a jardinière; a sofa stands against the wall; a patterned carpet completes the design.
29 June 1814
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
See No. 12280, &c. That the Prince suffered personally, despite assertions to the contrary, is shown by Dr. Renier, 'The Ill-fated Princess', 1932, pp. 209-11.
Van Stolk, No. 6335.
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