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- Object: The K*** of the Cuckold's being crown'd
George IV sits full-face in a chair of state, in coronation robes, between Castlereagh (left) and Liverpool (right) who reach up to bind a pair of tall antlers on his forehead, with a Garter ribbon, inscribed 'Honi Soit Q . . Mal . y. Pe[nse]'. He holds a sceptre terminating in a stag's head, round his neck is the collar of an order on the jewel of which is a stag's head. His right foot is on a paper: 'Order R—l Yacht to sail to Cuckold's point [a place on the Thames] G R'; his left foot is regally on a footstool. A green bag (see No. 13735) is tied to the back of each Minister, inscribed: 'Christian [scored through] Loaded with Sins Green Bag'. That of Castlereagh is attached with a strap inscribed 'House of Cxxmxxs', that of Liverpool with one inscribed 'House of Lxxds'. From the former's pocket hangs: 'A list of Italian false Swearers' [see No. 13762, &c.]; from the latter's hangs a 'Bill of Degradation and Divorce, L—d L.' The King says: "Oh! beware, —of jealousy; It is a Green-bag'd monster,—do you really think they become me." Liverpool answers: "Whether they become you or not they will look uniform at Court [cf. No. 12173]." Castlereagh: "We are well aware She did not place them on.—no matter, it must go down, besides there has just arrived several notorious villions from Italy who will swear She did, and we are determined you shall be crown 'd one way, or other." Watching the ceremony from the background is a row of courtiers (left), all antlered; one (Hertford) holds a Lord Chamberlain's wand. On the right is a row of plump ladies. Below the title:
'"What various motivs sway still changing man!
While Harry boasts no cuckold knave is he!
"Another give [sic] worlds to find a plan,"
"By which a cuckold he may prove to be!'
c. July 1820
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Height: 340 millimetres
Width: 243 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
The Coronation had been proclaimed in May for 1 August, but on 12 July it was postponed 'sine die'. See 'Parl. Deb.', N.S., ii. 156-66, 291, and Nos. 13759, 13790. For the Coronation see No. 14199, &c. Lady Conyngham had replaced Lady Hertford, but this was unknown to the populace, see No. 13847. The attitude of Ministers to the King is reversed, see No. 13760.
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