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- Object: The pot calling the kettle black a [letters obliterated] or two of a trade can never agree
Mrs. Fitzherbert, large, matronly, and dignified, walks (left to right), with hand raised, frowning over her right shoulder at Mrs. Jordan (left), small and hoydenish. The latter stands in the attitude of Priscilla in 'The Romp', as in BMSat 6875, leaning towards Mrs. Fitzherbert, who says: "Get out you Strumpet how Dare you come into my presence! what do you think I'd keep company with such a Pickle as yow pray Sir Keep your Creatures out of my sight. I'm an honest Woman Ma'm". Mrs. Jordan answers: "I Strumpet, Creature, Pickle, What if you have as many Thousands as I have hundreds why then, yow are the Greater W----- Tho once I was a Cobbler's Wife &c." (an allusion to her part of Nell, see BMSat 7908). In Mrs. Fitzherbert's hair are three ostrich feathers with a ribbon: 'Ich dien'; a cross hangs from her necklace. A large miniature of the Duke of Clarence hangs from Mrs. Jordan's neck by a small rope or cable. Behind her a little dog, with 'Ds Clare[nce]' on its collar, turns to bark angrily at two other dogs. On the wall (left) is a crucifix in an alcove above a holy-water basin.
On the extreme right the Prince of Wales sits impassively, his legs crossed and arms folded; the Duke of Clarence stands beside him, hat in hand, saying, "Why you know George, we leaped the Broom as well as yow, [cf. BMSat 6928] & tho' yow Palaver'd a good deal to Quiet the Lady's Conscience why I did it with less Gammon thats all." 3 November 1791.
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 402 millimetres
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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 Duke of Clarence and Mrs. Jordan, see BMSat 7835, &c. Mrs. Jordan played Pickle in the 'Spoil'd Child' (first played for her benefit 22 March 1790), the play attributed to herself and to Ford, but probably by Bickerstaff. Boaden, 'Mrs. Jordan', i. 175. Cf. BMSat 7926, &c.
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