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- Object: The Dutch toy.
Princess Charlotte (a flattering portrait) stands raising a whip to lash a top spinning on the floor, on which sits in profile to the right a little Dutchman smoking a pipe. He wears the short jacket, bulky breeches, and flower-pot hat of the Dutchman in English caricature, but orange-coloured and with epaulets, and with a paper inscribed 'Contract' in his pocket to show that he is the Prince of Orange. An ermine-lined robe hangs from her shoulders over a décolletée dress. She says: "Take this for Ma! and this for Pa!—and this! and this! for myself, you ugly thing you!—" The door (right) is slightly open, allowing an arm holding a birch-rod tied with orange ribbon and an unmistakable leg to project into the room. The words of the concealed Regent float in on a label: 'If you don't find pleasure in whipping the Top, I shall whip the Bottom!' Against the wall (left) is a square piano with an open music-book, with the words and music of a song :
'An Obstinate Daughter's the plague of you [sic] life
No rest can you take tho your rid of your Wife
At twenty she laughs at the duty you taught her
Oh! what a plague is an obstinate Daughter.'
[Sheridan, 'The Duenna'.]
On the piano is a book, 'School for Wives' [comedy by Hugh Kelly, 1773]. On the wall is a picture of Cupid standing on his head on a terrestrial globe at the point where 'Holland' is marked: he has dropped his bow, arrows fall from his quiver towards 'England'.
1 June 1814
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 335 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For Princess Charlotte's engagement see No. 12191, &c. At this date the Prince of Orange was in London, meeting the Princess daily; a threatened rupture over her demands that she should never be obliged to leave England had been overcome by the acceptance of her conditions, which were embodied in an additional article to the marriage contract (10 June). The print may be part of the campaign against the marriage of Brougham and those Whigs who used the Princess and her daughter to attack the Regent. See Renier, 'Great Britain and the Establishment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands', 1930, pp. 163 ff. For the breaking of the engagement see No. 12280, &c. No. 12288 is a sequel to this print. For the top cf. No. 12218.
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