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- Object: A going!A going! The last time, a going!-Down-!!!
Below the design: 'To be sold by Public Auction, by Mr Squib—at Bullock's rooms—Lot 1. (for Exportation,) Xantippe, a Brazen Statue, supported by a Prime Block of soft Alder Wood, a matchless Article for the lovers of Virtue [letter 'e' being scored through] & admirers of Art, cost immense trouble & expence in bringing it to what it is:—in wonderful Preservation—!!— The Statue is composed of a precious German Ore—has been work'd upon by several first rate Artists but finished by a Great Italian Master [Bergami]— NB This being an uncleared lot, will be sold without the least reserve by the positive order of the Proprietor who is anxious to part with it—Vide—Cat a log.' A spectacled auctioneer (the well-known Squibb) stands full-face in his rostrum with hammer raised, pointing downwards at a misshapen brass (yellow) figure of Queen Caroline in quasi-classical draperies, her arms akimbo, and displaying an ungainly leg. She stands on a wooden head of Alderman Wood, both being directed slightly to the left. Her sandalled feet rest on two curving supports of the head, which resemble the drooping peaks of a fool's cap. Near it lies a bundle of bulky papers, 'Defence of Innocence', labelled 'Lot 2 Waste Paper'. These two lots are on a table forming the base of the design below the rostrum. Behind the auctioneer less conspicuous lots are ranged on shelves: more bulky bundles inscribed 'Waste Paper Lot 3—Times'. A box of bonnets rouges with tricolour cockades inscribed 'To be Sold by Private Contract', with other chests of caps and of daggers, both inscribed 'Private'. A jar is 'Lot 5 Unsunned Snow' [see No. 13975].
13 April 1821
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Height: 275 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)
A satire on the decline in the Queen's popularity and the failure of the motions in her behalf by the Opposition, see No. 14145, &c. For the 'brazen' statue cf. the Braziers' address, ridiculed in No. 14119. For the association of the Queen with revolutionaries see (e.g.) No. 13738. 'The Times' led the Press agitation in her favour, see No. 14182, &c. 'Uncleared' indicates the result of the 'trial', see No. 13986. The plate is depicted in No. 14206.
Sketches for this in pencil and pen, signed, and with caricatures of Eldon and others, are in the B.M, 1891, 1117.22 (Binyon, i. 284. Pressmark 199.c.1/22).
De Vinck, No. 10427.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179