The Blessed Effects of prefering[sic] Foreign Servants to our own Country Men.
Pubd by S W. Fores 50 Piccadilly June 4 1810.
Hand-coloured etching, sheet 240 x 340mm. 9˝ x 13˝". Lacking margins.
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771 - 1851), 5th son of George III, gets out of bed, blood gushing from sabre cuts in every part of his body, to face his would-be assassin. Sellis, his Corsican valet, is his assailant, and raises his bloodied sabre to slash again; he holds the scabbard in his left hand. Near Sellis is a table on which is a large book, inscribed 'Amor Patri'; behind it is an open door. Below the title: 'Dedicated to all the Royal Family & particularly to the Princes. The love of ones native Country & Countrymen should be the Strongest feature in a true Born Briton'. Ernest Augustus served in the English and Hanoverian armies during the war with France. He was created Duke of Cumberland in 1799. He entered the House of Lords as an ardent Tory who opposed Catholic emancipation and the Reform Act. His repressive politics and private influence over the Prince Regent, made the Duke the subject of much popular resentment. After midnight of 30 May the Duke was awakened by a murderous attack but managed to reach a door leading to a second valet's room. Sellis, his valet, a Corsican, was found locked in his room and cutting his throat. A coroner's jury, of which Francis Place was foreman, gave a verdict of suicide, the evidence being clear, though the jury were all prejudiced against the Duke, and the public were convinced that he had murdered the valet. Isaac Cruikshank (1764 - 1811).
BM Satires 11561.
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