York Commission Warehouse.
Pub,d February 1809 by Walker No7 Cornhill_
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 241 x 341mm (9¼ x 13½"). Some soiling and water staining not visible on front.
Satire on Mary Anne Clarke (1776-1852) published around the time of the Duke of York's trial at the conclusion of the cash-for-commissions scandal. Clarke was mistress of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, while he was Commander-in-Chief of the army. In 1809 she testified before the House of Commons that she had sold army commissions with the Duke of York's knowledge, forcing him to resign. He was reinstated, but not before he had cut all ties to Clarke and paid her a considerable sum to prevent her from publishing his letters to her. Here she stands before a large doorway inscribed 'Clark and Company'. Inside can be seen stacks of commissions, labelled: Captains Commissions 500 each, Half-pay Commissions 200 each, Lieutenant, Colonel, Major, Cornet. She urges 'now Gentlemen you had better be quick I have a few bargains to dispose of as the partnership is dissolving'. On the right stands a man playing a fiddle; from his coat-pockets hang papers. Beside him lies a large Note Book. Above his head hangs upside down a portrait: The Dukes Head; the upper part only of the Duke of York's profile is visible, defaced by a black mark, the rest of the picture being cut off by the upper margin of the design. On the left two military bandsmen play a drum and fife.
BM Satires: 11216.
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