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- Object: Miss Endeavouring to excite a glow with her Dutch Play thing-
A sequel to No. 12273. Princess Charlotte (left), whip in hand, stands over the 'Dutch Toy', pointing down at it, and addressing the Regent who is seated on a sofa. The top is falling forward, the Prince no longer sits jauntily with hands on knees, but folds his arms in resignation, a bottle between his knees. As before, he is smoking, with a paper: 'Contrct' [sic] in his pocket. The Princess says: "There, I have kept it up a long while you may send it away now, I am tired of it, Mother has got some better play things for me." The Regent holds out his hand, saying, "What are you tired already? Take another spell at it, or give me the whip." She answers: "No, No, you may take the Top, but I'll Keep the Whip." The Regent's back is reflected in a large wall-mirror; at his feet is an open book: 'The Way to Teaze him a Play in V acts'. On the wall behind the Princess and on the extreme left is a picture burlesquing that in No. 12273: Cupid's head touches, not the globe, but a large orange inscribed 'Orange Boven' [cf. No. 12102]. He is falling downwards, and has dropped his bow and (broken) arrows. On his bare feet are spurs; he is assailed by birds and by slanting rain.
1 July 1814.
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the broken engagement see No. 12280. The Prince of Orange's bottle (a common object in caricatures of Dutchmen) may refer to his unlucky intoxication on returning from Ascot on 10 June, owing to Prince Paul of Würtemberg, whose stepmother wrote, 30 June, to her brother the Regent: 'I shudder to think of his profligacy in drawing the amiable young Prince of Orange into a scrape in presence of Charlotte.' 'Corr. of George IV', 1938, i. 458.
Reid, No. 344. Cohn, No. 1738. Van Stolk, No. 6337.
The impression in the Douglas Collection is autographed 'By I. R. C., the writing by me G. C.' Cohn.
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