A Dalme_Tian. Booking the Colonel. This Sketch is dedicated to the Greeks.No.1 Turf Characters____"Quoth Hudibrass I smell a Rat.....
Pub June 26 1829 by T. McLean 26 Haymarket Sold Publisher of P. Prys Caricatures.
Hand-coloured etching. 362 x 254mm (14¼ x 10"). Stained, cut, some creasing.
Frederick Peter Delmé-Radcliffe (1804-1871), the noted gentleman jockey in charge of the King's Stud, depicted as a thin man in riding dress with top-hat and top-boots, holding out a betting-book. The performance of the king's horse 'The Colonel' at the Ascot Gold Cup on June 18th disappointed William IV; a letter appeared in the 'Sporting Magazine', signed by 'Independence', claiming the horse had been seen being hacked by a drunken rider only four days before the race. Delmé-Radcliffe issued a denial, but had difficulty getting it published. Heath gives a nod to the author of the letter by referencing the Greek struggle for independence.
BM Satires: 15932.
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