[Frederica Charlotte of Prussia] Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York.
Pub.d April 10thth 1792, by H. Humphrey, No 18 Old Bond Street.
Coloured stipple. Sheet 27- x 210mm (10½ x 8¼"). Trimmed within plate, patched hole, ink stain from Collector's mark verso, some staining.
Seated portrait of Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia (1767-1820), who married Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, the year before. While this is a straight forward portrait rather than Gillray's usual satire, the Duchess was also the subject in one of Gillray's famous 'suppressed plates'. His 'Fashionable Contrasts; - or - The Duchess's little Shoe yeilding to the Magnitude of the Duke's Foot' showed the feet and ankles of the Duke and Duchess of York, in an obviously copulatory position, the Duchess's feet drawn very small. This satirised the sycophancy of the press at the Duchess's arrival, who commented on the daintiness of her feet.
[Ref: 40199] £280.00