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- Object: Ins and Outs; or, princely Consistency.
Satire on the end of the Regency Restrictions. In the centre, the Regent stands in front of the throne holding aloft the "Cloak of Royal Favor or Mantle of Office"; Lady Hertford perches on the throne at his right. On his left the Duke of York holds out the "Letter from the Prince R..." to the Whigs whose hopes of office are being disappointed; Grey and Grenville raise their arms angrily in response to the Prince's offer that they might join Perceval's government, "I can only take two or three under my Cloak at present Gentlemen". To the Prince's right, members of the government stand beneath the cloak: Perceval, accepting bills from the Prince's tailor and wine merchant (he had granted £100,000 for the expenses of the Regency); a Scot in kilt bowing low, probably intended for Erskine; Eldon in his wig as Lord Chancellor, and Sidmouth holding a paper lettered, "A Cure for the Walcher[en] Ague" (a refernce to his demand for an inquiry into the disastrous Walcheren campaign of 1809), and about to kiss the Princes's right foot. Below are two columns each with twelve verses, one headed "February, 1811" in which the Regent implies that he will "turn out" the government as soon as he has the power to do so, the other headed "February, 1812" is a parody of the letter to "Fred", the Duke of York. 1812
Hand-coloured etching with letterpress
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Height: 170 millimetres (image)
Height: 408 millimetres (sheet (cropped))
Width: 253 millimetres
Width: 263 millimetres
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- The Prince's old Whig friends had expected to gain office when he acquired full powers after the first twelve months of the Regency, but he preferred to keep the government that had served him well. He invited Grey and Grenville, via a letter of 13 February 1812 to the Duke of York, to join the Tories but they were offended and refused to do so (see BM Satires 11855).
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