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- Object: Installation of a Knight Companion of the Bath
The Princess (left) sits in an ornate oval bath in a small boarded room. Bergami stands in the bath (right), draping himself in a towel from the waist down, and splashing water at his companion, who extends her arms towards him, with an encouraging smile. A man and woman, evidently Majocchi and Demont, peep from behind the door (right). On the bath is a Maltese cross (see No. 13810), placed hatchment-wise between supporters, the Lion and Unicorn, who lie with closed and averted eyes. The Princess's feathered hat and the miniature of Bergami (cf. No. 14103) hang on the wall (left). Beside her on a camp-stool are a bottle of 'Brandy' [see No. 14175] and a decanter of 'Essence of Bergami'. His postilion's boots and cap are on the floor. Below the title:
'While she received the copious shower,
He got a step in honor's Path,
And grew from that conspicuous hour
A Knight Companion of the Bath.'
1 June 1821
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Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 217 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
For the bath see No. 13819, &c. The plate appears in No. 14206.
There is a variant, not in B.M., 'Installation of a Knight of the Bath, or delicate recreations on board a Polacre. Selim delt. Pubd Octr. 1820 by G. Humphrey, St James's Street.' (7 11/16 x 9 1/4 in, with border, 9 x 10 3/16 in.).
De Vinck, No. 10437.
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