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- Object: Feasting. During. Pleasure.
The Duke of St. Albans sits at a dinner-table on which is one large dish supporting a giant melon, at the apex of which is the head of the Duchess. She wears a coronet from which hangs a transparent veil; she looks down at her relatively small husband, her curls resting on the melon. From her neck three labels hang down the fruit: Hereditary Grand Falconer [see BM Satires 14876]; Court Yard; Privilege to drive up Rotten Row. From a slit in the rind project papers: Cash, Bills, Bank. The Duke plunges a fork into the fruit, causing a flow of large seeds (coins) which he spoons into his mouth, saying, Tis rather tough but the sauce will make it go down. He wears a coronet and court dress; on the back of his chair is a hooded falcon, emblem of his office. Behind him stands a big money-bag from which emerge the legs of Cupid who is plunged head downwards in coins; on the bag is his unstrung bow and an arrow blunted by X; £30,000 Pr An during Pleasure—No Longer Pipe No Longer Dance. Above is a H.L. portrait of Nell Gwyn, with bared breast, saying Charley is my Darling. On the floor is a paper: Pray Remember the Poor. On the wall (right) hang two tattered Old Coats, one with a pocket inscribed Full. Below the title: For Money is your Friend is not [sic]—Money Money Money is your Friend.
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Height: 221 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 295 millimetres (cropped)
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- The publisher's name is apparently a pseudonym.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 15453, &c. The Duchess kept a tight hold on her money; a clause in her will declared the annuity of £10,000 and the life bequests of houses should be forfeited if the Duke permitted his uncle or brothers to live with him. Cf. No. 15082. Pearce, op. cit., p. 305 f.
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