Something like Emigration.
Published by W.S. Fores, 41, Piccadilly, London. 1832.
Coloured lithograph with very fine colour. 305 x 419mm (12 x 16½").
Satire on the rumour that King William IV was to emigrate to Hanover in response to calls for the abolition of the monarchy. A cart stacked high with treasure-chests approaches the shore beside a signpost pointing 'To Hanover'; a man-of-war lies at anchor. In the back of the cart sit Eldon and the Bishop of (?) Exeter, both resentfully dejected; each holds a paper, one inscribed 'Decapitation Charles', the other 'Abdication James' (alluding to earlier British kings whose reigns ended unsuccessfully). The chests are marked either with a coronet or a mitre, the topmost with a crown. On this stands a large royal crown flanked by a sceptre and by a flag on which is the White Horse of Hanover. Beside the cart walks the Queen in back view, fashionably dressed and with a large purse inscribed '£100,000' hanging from her pocket; she takes by the hand a little boy in hussar uniform, probably Prince George of Cumberland. They walk beside a high wall on which are two bills: 'Deception A Tragedy— Promise A Farce'; 'To Let A Family Mansion at Windsor Also the largest House in Parliament Stt'. Two profiles are silhouetted like cast shadows on the wall; one is of the King, top-hatted, and gazing up at the play-bill at which the other silhouette points with a menacing forefinger. On the left of the cart walks Wellington as a wagoner in a smock and holding a long whip. He turns his head to John Bull, a countryman, who stands by the roadside watching the departure. Inconspicuous on the horizon, like a partly submerged sun, is the upturned profile of William IV, faintly irradiated.
BM Satires: 17000.
[Ref: 30629] £180.00