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- Object: Going in state to the House of Peers; or, a picture of English magnificence!!!
The Prince of Wales, seated in a ramshackle state coach, is drawn (left to right) by eight miserable hacks; the procession is watched by Ministers and others from windows. On the coach door are the Prince's feathers, upside-down. One wheel is broken, the hammer-cloth is ragged; the harness consists partly of rope, partly of chains; the horses are of grotesquely varying sizes and breeds, on one is a saddle. The one dishevelled postilion raises his whip to lash the off-leader, a veritable skeleton, which falls on its knees. The coachman and the two footmen behind the coach are lean and unsuitably dressed. An angry crowd follows the coach.
First-floor windows, with symbolical placards between them, form the upper part of the design. On the extreme left the French Ambassador, Luzerne, looks out in astonishment, saying "Diable". In the next window the lean and ugly Lord Amherst, wearing glasses, is absorbed in his companion, a fat lady. In the next the Duke of Richmond turns to the Duke of Grafton, saying, "Well enough for any of the Brunswick Race" (an allusion to their descent from Charles II, cf. BMSats 7388, 7531). A print of a lion in a net, 'The Lion in the Toils', divides their window from one from which Carmarthen leans to address Pitt, saying, "Very pretty indeed." Pitt (alone in his window) answers, "A very magnificent Spectacle upon my honor." Between these two is a print of a man in a pillory inscribed 'Restrictions'. Beyond Pitt Lord Hood leans out to address Chatham, saying, "the great Naval Review was nothing to it". Chatham answers, "Infinitely superior to my Father's funeral." Between them is a print of a sinking ship struck by lightning inscribed 'The Chatham & Hood' (implying that their tenure of the Admiralty was doomed). On the extreme right is Thurlow, saying, "D-----n my eyes but it eclipses all that has been ever seen in Rome" (cf. BMSat 7320). Beneath the title is etched: 'Dedicated to Mr P-tt and his 267 liberal Friends.' 15 February 1789
Etching printed on pale blue paper
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Height: 325 millimetres
Width: 625 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of many satires on the restrictions of the Regency Bill, see BMSat 7488, &c. The resolution of the right of Parliament to appoint a regent (as opposed to Fox's claim of the Prince's indefeasible right) was carried on 16 Dec. by 268 votes to 204. For the names of the voters on both sides see 'Parl. Hist.' xxvii. 778-82. For the theme that the restrictions degraded the Regent in the eyes of foreign countries see BMSats 7485, 7486, 7487.
Similar in manner to BMSat 7525, both resemble BMSat 7544.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 247.
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