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- Object: One of the graces making a man; or Frankenstein outdone.
The Duke of St. Albans stands cheerfully complacent, legs astride and arms akimbo, while his wife (right), taking him by the chin, puts a large ostrich feather in his cap. A tailor (left) kneels to measure his leg. A footman stands in the doorway (left), saying, Your Grace, Mr Tight-fit, the Staymaker, is here. The Duchess, stout, cheerful, masterful, and moustached, wears a coronet and spreading hooped petticoats. She says: O! my dearest Billy Beau! 'Tis money makes the man you know. He wears a large round cap with peak, shirt-sleeves, and striped waistcoat. At his feet are cards, dice-box, and dice. On the extreme right are large money-bags, one inscribed £30,000, and a comic mask. On a table are an open box of Jewels, a melon, and a knife. Above it are T.Q.L. portraits of Charles 2 & Nell Gwyn [cf. BM Satires 15455]. On the left a pedestal supports a coronet on a tasselled cushion. Above is a picture of Mrs. Coutts in bed: Heigho for a husband. Below the title:
Kings may boast of their efforts in making of Dukes
But those sages may try if they can,
With their planning and scheming and practice to boot,
Without money to make me a Man.
No, no! the wise elves to my Duchess must bow,
One and all must acknowledge her plan,
That with Staymakers, Tailors, and money, she now
Most completely has made me a Man.
And how wisely she's acted we very well know;
'Twas a Man that she wanted, she said
And the thing when once wanted, amongst high or low
Must be had, and the price must be paid
So with heart like a hero, & face like a Turk
She (her mind fully bent on the plan)
Mustacheo'd & whisker'd went boldly to work
And thus you see made me a Man.
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Height: 246 millimetres
Width: 353 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 15453, &c.; for Frankenstein, No. 14311.
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