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The d-g-r queen riding poor Denmark

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  • Title (object)

    • The d-g-r queen riding poor Denmark
  • Description

    A skimmington procession : on a sorry-looking horse a man and woman sit astride, back to back; the woman, richly dressed, sits in front, her skirts pushed back to show breeches. In her right. hand is a pistol, in her left. a sword. The man holds a distaff. The procession is headed by a man (r.) holding aloft on a pole a petticoat and a pair of horns. Behind him walks a man beating a drum.
    Behind the horse is a woman carrying a broom over her shoulder and a woman blowing a horn. A spectator points and jeers, another walks with folded arms. 1 March 1772


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  • Date

    • 1772
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 107 millimetres
    • Width: 165 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    From the 'Oxford Magazine', viii. 56.
    The title, the design, and the explanatory text are contradictory: the design shows a faithless wife with a henpecked and acquiescent husband, punished in the barbarous and traditional way, by "a skimmington", accompanied by rude music and jeers; the print is described as "a representation of that amiable Queen conducting to prison by the merciless wretches employed by the wicked Dowager".
    Whether the woman is Queen Caroline Matilda being taken to prison or the Queen Dowager is doubtful. 'Prima facie', she appears to be the Queen, pilloried as the mistress of Struensee and his supporter in a virtual dictatorship. The Queen of Denmark was dressed as a man, wearing buckskin breeches, when she met her mother, the Princess Dowager of Wales, in 1770. Walpole, 'Memoirs of the Reign of George III', 1845, iv. 281. The man is evidently the feeble-minded and vicious Christian VII of Denmark, see 'English Hist. Rev.', Jan. 1916. For the palace revolution in Denmark see BMSat 4945, 4950, 4956, and for a skimmington BMSat 1703.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 4946 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1772 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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