Duncombe's Miniature Caricature Magazine. No.5.A fine Refiner, or a Search for the Philosopher's Stone!!
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint. 115 x 152mm (4½ x 6"). Cut.
A satire on Alderman Cox's legal action against Edmund Kean for adultery with Charlotte Cox, at the King's Bench. The alderman stands at centre, wearing the cuckold's horns, feeding Kean's love letters to his wife (standing to the left) into a cooking pot as the devil stokes the fire with bellows. These letters were read out in court: one, addressed to 'Little Breeches' (as is one of the letters in the pot), continued 'My darling love/Little impudent bitch, Come immediately & apologise for your impudence yesterday'. Kean lost and was forced to pay £800 to Cox, although the public disapproval that forced him to leave the country cost him far more.
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