A King Fisher on the banks of the Thames.
London, Published by Tho.s McLean, 26, Haymarket. [n.d. c.1826.] Bit later.
Aquatint and etching with large margins. Plate 324 x 248mm (12¾ x 9¾").
Satire on George IV's expenditure. He stands at the water's edge fishing, his rod a sceptre topped by a dove. He has hooked a fine fish inscribed Taxes, and is about to use a landing-net, whose handle is also a sceptre. Facing him, on a branch projecting from the left margin, is a kingfisher. At his feet is a creel, for Small Silver Fish; larger fish lie on the ground inscribed respectively: Stamps, Grants of Palaces, Privy Purse, Duchy of Lancaster, Civil List, Excise, Customs, Duchy of Cornwall, Post Office Revenues. In the background: the buildings of Windsor Castle rising out of trees and builders are at work on scaffolding.
BM Satires: 15147.
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