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- Object: Political affection.
The Duchess of Devonshire seated in a chair offers her bared breast to a fox dressed as an infant, which stands on its hind legs before her, placing a paw across her lap. Her own infant, seated on the ground (right) neglected, stretches out her arms to her mother with a protesting scream. In the foreground (left) a cat licks the face of a dog which sits on its hind legs, while a kitten crawls neglected beside it. Behind the animals is an empty cradle. On the wall (left) is Reynolds's portrait of the Duke of Devonshire standing beside his horse, as in BMSat 6529. Another portrait (right) is of a stout man wearing a hat walking to the right, one hand in his pocket, the other resting on a stick (? Fox). These are freely sketched. 22 April 1784
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 356 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (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 canvassing of the Duchess of Devonshire for Fox. Cf. BMSat 6490, 6625.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 132 (reproduction).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 Aug-Nov, Berkeley, Univ Art Museum, The New Child:...
1995/6 Dec-Feb, Memphis, Dixon Gall & Gardens, The New Child:...
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