A Scene in the Honey Moon or Conjugal Felicity.
Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket where Political and other Caricatures are daily Pub the Largest assortment of any House in Town. [n.d., 1828.]
Coloured etching. 260 x 370mm (10¼ x 14½"). Small margins.
The Duke and Duchess of St. Albans stand facing each other; the little Duke staggering under an ornamental basket which supports a side of bacon, inscribed 'Best Wiltshire' . The Duchess holds on her shoulder a cutter in which are seated six oarsmen with oars held erect, and a helmsman. The Duke is dressed as Grand Falconer and wears a hood with bells indicating both a fool's cap and the hood and bells of falconry. In 1827 William Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans, married Harriet Mellon, widow of the banker Thomas Coutts. An extremely wealthy former actress, she was 23 years older than her husband, giving ammunition to the satirists. The following year, to celebrate their anniversary, they held a reception, attended by two royal dukes and Prince Leopold (seen on the left). The Duke presented his wife with a silver fruit basket on which was engraved a flitch of bacon; the Duchess then announced her gift of a six-oared cutter called The Falcon, and the boatmen in their liveries made an appearance.
BM Satires 15600.
[Ref: 39607] £360.00