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- Object: Whig patriotism, or the struggle for the kitchen stuff. 1812
Plate from the 'Satirist', xi, frontispiece. The Regent, wearing feathered hat, Garter robes, with the collar and George, stands in a kitchen between a tub of 'Kitchen Stuff' (right) and Grenville and Grey (left), behind whom are their followers, a crowd of aspirants for office, seen through a doorway, those behind armed with mops and brooms. Grey asks eagerly: "But shall we have all the Kitchen stuff?" Grenville: "Ay all the Kitchen stuff?" The Regent points to the tub: "Take every dab of it, if that will do you any good." Behind him stands Moira, in uniform, saying, "Your honour shall not part with a single pennyworth of it." There are four maid-servants wearing mob-caps. Liverpool, as head cook, stoops over the tub, from which he has taken a candle-end, putting a hand on the shoulder of Lord Eldon (in wig and gown) who is groping in the tub. Two maids stir a pot on the fire, one using a (short) gold stick, the other the long wand of the Lord Chamberlain, showing that they are Cholmondeley the Lord Steward, and Hertford. Sheridan, as Harlequin (cf. No. 9916) embraces a maid with a mop (Yarmouth), saying, "Take the advice of an old friend and don't throw away Your mop in a hurry." Rats scamper towards the tub.
1 July 1812
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 187 millimetres
Width: 352 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A satire on the question of the officials of the Household on which, ostensibly, the negotiations of Moira with Grey and Grenville broke down, see No. 11888. It illustrates indirectly 'High Life below Stairs . . .', 'Scourge', xi. 36-46, and is explained in the issue for August (p. 84 f.). In the debate (11 June) on the negotiations Yarmouth stated that he and other members of the Household had determined to resign if the Whigs came in, and that he had so informed Sheridan. Tierney then said that Sheridan had denied that the Household was to retire; for this Sheridan was violently attacked in the 'Morning Chronicle', and Fuller concluded that what Grey and Grenville wanted was patronage. Moira, according to Canning, had insisted that the Regent, despite his willingness, should not part with the Household; to do so would be to give way to 'those calumnies which were so much in the minds of men' (the secret influence of the Hertfords). The Prince and Moira, fearing apparently that Sheridan would reveal that there was no real intention of accepting Grey and Grenville, tried to stop him from making a declaration in Parliament. He spoke, however, but failed to convince. 'Corr. of George IV', 1938, i. 116 f.; 'Parl. Deb.' xxiii. 423 ff., 552-9, 606 ff. He is here called 'a sly, droll, clever and patriotic fellow'. Moore regards this as the only indefensible episode in his public life. 'Life of Sheridan', ii. 426. See M. Roberts, 'The Whig Party, 1807-1812', 1939, pp. 395-405, where he is convincingly defended. See also Nos. 11889, 11891. Cf. No. 13208, &c.
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