Looking Grave on the New Appointment.
Pub July 6 1830 by T. Mc Lean 26 Haymarket London.
Hand-coloured etching, 370 x 255mm. 14½ x 10". Marginal tears; glued to scrap sheet. Ink spot lower right below image.
A caricature of a concerned-looking Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771 - 1851), fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte. The accession of William IV put an end to his influence on English politics. He was passed over in favour of his brother the Duke of Sussex for the post of Ranger of St. James's Park and Hyde Park. The 'Grave' in the tile is a reference to Cumberland's affair with Lady Graves (1783 - 1835). After William Heath (1794/5 - 1840), ex-Captain of Dragoons, illustrator of colour-plate books, and prolific caricaturist. From 1827-9 he used the pseudonym Paul Pry (from the name of a character in a comedy of 1825 by John Poole, that became a tag used for any very inqusitive person) with the emblem of a small man holding a walking stick in a lower corner of his plates. This figure was soon copied by other caricaturists (eg Sharpshooter), and so from 1828 Heath began to sign his plates with his full name. He published regularly with Thomas McLean.
BM Satires: 16156.
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