The Old Proprietors Advice.
Pub April 10 1830 by T McLean 26 Haymarket.
Hand-coloured etching. 367 x 254mm (14˝ x 10"). Cut to platemark.
Satire on Prince Leopold (subsequently Leopold I of Belgium) at the time he was considering an offer to become king of Greece. Leopold puts his head through a glassless window in the door of his 'Grecian Establish[ment]—Co[burg]', to look intently at a fat Turk holding a long pipe. Next to the door are placards: 'This . Shop!!! will shortly open under entire new Management—Vivant [sic] Rex'; a Union Jack poster (partly covered); the Russian eagle, and a fleur-de-lis, the two last inscribed 'Loan'. One of Leopold's conditions for becoming king of Greece was for a loan guaranteed by the three Powers (hence the posters on the wall here). He obtained his conditions with regard to the loan, but nonetheless turned down the throne of Greece, and became the first king of Belgium the following year.
BM Satires: 16098.
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