Anticipation. Honi soit qui mal y pense'
London Pub.d 1830 by S.W. Fores. 41 Piccadilly.
Hand-coloured etching. Paper watermarked: J Whatman Turkey Mill 1826. Plate 240 x 336mm (9½ x 13¼").
William IV and Wellington sit with a rectangular table between them, divided by the sceptre which lies rather nearer to the King. Both are anxious and preoccupied. Behind the table stands the Duke of Cumberland, his finger to his nose, holding his hat at arm's length in his gloved right hand so that it hides the head of a portrait of 'Victoria'. Cumberland had designs on the throne, in preference to Princess Victoria, creating problems for the king and Wellington, before becoming king of Hanover on the death of William IV. Prince Leopold, son-in-law of George IV, was offered the throne of Greece but turned it down in favour of becoming king of newly-independent Belgium in 1831.
BM Satires: 16209.
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