A faithful representation of the trial of her most gracious Majesti [sic] Caroline queen of england, in the house of lords 1820.[French translation to right.]
Large and extremely scarce lithograph, sheet 525 x 575mm. 20¾ x 22¾". Several fold and handling creases, some reinforced with old backing strips to verso. Some soiling and light staining, generally tatty extremities, with closed tears and filled chip to lower right corner.
Depiction of the 1820 trial for adultery of Queen Caroline of Brunswick (1768 – 1821), wife of George IV. A realistic view of the House of Lords receding in perspective to the Throne, above which is inset an oval bust portrait lettered ‘Bartolomo [sic] Bergami’, wearing four decorations. Members of the House and others assembled around a large table at centre, upon which sits ‘13’, the ‘Green Bag’. Lord Chancellor John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon presiding in middle ground, at centre; Queen Caroline can be seen seated in foreground to right. Lettered below the image with key, in English and French, identifying numbered figures and points of interest within the composition. This seems to be a Continental copy of a British print. When Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1768 – 1821) arrived at St James's Palace the Prince of Wales came to visit her. After greeting her, he turned to the Earl of Malmesbury saying, 'Harris, I am not well. Pray get me a glass of brandy'. He then left the room. Caroline's comment to Malmesbury was , 'I find him very stout and by no means as handsome as his portrait'. The ill-matched pair were married on 8 April 1795 and it soon became clear that the Prince of Wales would not tolerate his wife's company unless he was drunk. The marriage was consummated and on 7 January 1796 a daughter, Charlotte, was born to the couple. By March, the proud parents were living separately and rarely spoke to each other. George's disastrous marriage to Caroline provided ample material for the caricaturists of the day. George was mocked for preferring his mistresses to his wife; Caroline received more sympathy but was rumoured to have a string of lovers and was easy to portray as a vulgar attention seeker. Tired of her husband's neglect, Caroline left England to tour Europe and in Italy met Bartolomeo Bergami who became her secretary and constant companion. The couple's relationship caused much scandal.
See BM Satires 14004 for an anonymous cotton handkerchief of the same (English only) title.
[Ref: 24466] £500.00