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- Object: The choice of Hercules
Bergami (left), dressed as a courier, stands full-face, arms raised in astonishment; he smiles down compacently at the Princess (right), who is short, fat, very décolletée, and grossly caricatured; she puts her right arm behind his waist, pointing to the right with a coarse grin of invitation. Below the title:
'The Dame was fair; but bold and forward was her mein.
Unguarded roved her eye:
All soft and delicate she lightly tripped along; the clear texture of her Robe
betraying every Limb and adding to the charms it seemed designed to shade.
She, free and debonair, hanging round his waist (she could not reach his Neck)
with winning kindness thus addressed him.
Dear Youth retire with me from Toils and Perils free
Leave Honor to the Wretch! Pleasures were made for Thee.
24 May 1821
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Height: 285 millimetres
Width: 205 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. 14183. The plate is depicted in No. 14206.
De Vinck, No. 10436.
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