A sketch at St Albans-or-shaving the new maid dutchess!!!
Pubd June 1827 by [...] [George Humphrey].
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet size: 240 x 335mm (9½ x 13¼"). Trimmed.
A satirical print on the marriage of actress Harriot Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans and Thomas Coutts, who left her his fortune and share in Coutts bank when he died in 1822. The Duke of St. Albans (left) stands over his wife who is moustached, holding her chin, with a razor in his right hand. Behind him on a stool are a jug of shaving-water and a bowl of lather with a brush. Mrs. Coutts looks up at him; in her right hand is a cheque for £50,000, in her left a Cheque Book. She says, 'My dear young Shaver, here's £50.000 for you but you must dress my Beard once a day at least, do whatever I desire you, and never dare to contradict me', to which he replies ' My dear Dutchess your chin wants mowing sadly, and you should be properly lather'd first, but I fear I have not strength to do it'.
BM Satires ref: 15455.
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