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- Object: The lover's leap.
A companion print to BMSat 6924, &c. Mrs. Fitzherbert (left) and the Prince (right), dressed as in BMSat 6924, stand facing each other, some distance apart; a long broom lies on the ground between them. He holds out his hands to receive her, she gathers up her skirts to leap. Behind the Prince on the extreme right stands Fox, pushing him forward; his breeches are joined to his shoulders, showing that he is 'Nobody' (cf. BMSat 5570). In the foreground a cat jumps out of a bag. In the back wall is an arched doorway surmounted by the feathers and motto ('Ich dien') of the Prince. Through the doorway three ladies and a man are seated at a table, carousing. The nearer lady (Mrs. Robinson, cf. BMSat 6451) looks round singing:
"All I desire of mortal Man
Is for to love whitest he can."
The man says, holding up a glass, "Well said Robby - His Father will Broom Stick him."
On each side of the doorway is a large picture: one (left) is of three men. The Prince of Wales stands with his right hand on the shoulder of Falstaff (left) who holds out a wine-glass and points to the left. George Hanger (right) puts his right hand on the Prince's shoulder, impelling him in the direction to which Falstaff, who appears to be Fox, is pointing. The pendant to this (right) is a nude figure (? Venus) lying on a couch. 21 March 1786
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 362 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The Prince's marriage is attributed, as in BMSat 6932, to the secret influence of Fox, aided by such satellites as Hanger. Fox opposed the marriage, see letter of 10 Dec. 1785, Russell, 'Memorials and Correspondence of Fox', ii. 278-83. It was, of course, damaging to the Whigs. (Lady Francis believed it to have been performed at Devonshire House in the presence of the Duchess, Fox, &c. Parkes, 'Memoirs of Francis', ii. 376.) See also BMSats. 6932, 6950, and cf. BMSat 7910. For Fox and the Prince see BMSat 6041, &c, for Fox as Falstaff, BMSat 6974, &c. For a later state see p. 987.
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