Majesty & Grace.As his Grace stoop'd to press the Royal hand to his lips - Her Majesty in the most playful and condescending manner lay'd hold of his Nose - with her Royal finger and thumb - His Grace with his usual brevity and decision acknowledged the high honor done him.
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where Caricatures are daily Publishing. [n.d., 1828.]
Fine hand-coloured etching. Plate: 370 x 260mm, (14½ x 10¼"). Slight staining top left.
The little Queen of Portugal, as a child of two or three, stands on tiptoe to grasp the nose of Wellington who bows low and supports her raised arm. In her right hand she brandishes a rattle. Over her childish frock is a long train, supported by two grinning negro pages with misshapen legs. A coral and bells hangs at her side, and a long bib or pinafore is decorated with the Portuguese Arms and crown. A very stout lady-in-waiting walks behind them, wearing a ruff and feathered hat; she carries a black doll; behind her and on the extreme left is a Portuguese courtier also holding a toy, a cock on a pair of breeches. The seven-year-old Queen Maria II of Portugal, usurped by her uncle Miguel in 1828, toured European cities to gain support, much to Wellington's embarrassment due to his unwillingness to help. She regained the throne in 1834.
BM Satire: 15558.
[Ref: 37456] £320.00