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- Object: Parody on the Beggar's Petition
Heading to a printed broadside. The King, with a gouty leg, stands in profile to the left, supported on a crutch; he points to a French window, through which is seen a low Gothic façade. The scene is a small crudely drawn room, with chair, stool, table (with medicine bottles). On the wall is a picture of a small cottage, symbolizing the Cottage in Windsor Park (see No. 13893). The 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th of nine verses, a parody of the poem (1769) by Thomas Moss:
Pity the Sorrows of a poor old man,
Helpless and weak by flatterers betrayed,
From my advisers snatch me if you can,
If not too late extend your friendly aid.
At my own folly daily I repine,
'Tis that has brought me to the state you see,
A green bag fever [see No. 13735] now alas! is mine,
And Sid nor Slop [Sidmouth, Stoddart], can sooth my misery.
Yon House, where pillar'd Collonades abound,
Till late held out its tempting lures to view,
But now alas! Divorce cannot be found,
And I must be content with mother Q. [Mrs. Quentin.]
My Wife on her, I brought a many cares,
Set spies upon her, but 'tis fate's decree,
She should escape from these surrounding snares,
And with the World retaliate on me.
My Daughter too, but ah! I dare engage,
She would despise me could she from the tomb,
View 'gainst her mother my impotent rage,
A wanderer for years compelled to roam.
c. November 1820
Hand-coloured etching with letterpress
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Height: 169 millimetres
Height: 352 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres (platemark)
Width: 240 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
For the dropping of the Bill see No. 13986, &c. No. 13985 is advertised on the print: 'N.B. Just Published, . . .' Cf. No. 15396.
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