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Militia galantry - or The Soldiers cowardly retreat to save his Bacon; at the expence of his fair Inamorata.
Militia galantry - or The Soldiers cowardly retreat to save his Bacon; at the expence of his fair Inamorata.
[by Charles Williams.
Pub.d 1821 by S.W. Fores Piccadilly corner of Sackville Street.
Coloured etching. 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾") very large margins.
Between signs pointing to Cheltenham and Gloucester, a woman kneels at the feet of Col. Berkeley, a tall handsome man in regimentals, wearing a plumed cocked hat. He holds a flag inscribed Letters to Amuse the Public expose the Writer and save my Pocket; on this hangs a letter-file on which papers are spiked. She begs ''In Pity don't Expose me!''. He says ''They will save me thousands''. A coach of onlookers comment, including ''Where's the Honor of a Soldier and Faith there is none in this''. William Berkeley (1786-18570, 1st Earl FitzHardinge, was sued by coach proprietor John Waterhouse for ''Criminal conversation'' with Waterhouse's wife. Despite the attempts satirised here, Waterhouse was awarded £1000 damages at Gloucester Assizes. The scandal did not stop Berkeley becoming Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 1836.
BM Satires 14274a, a second state with 'Militia' instead of 'Military'.
[Ref: 54579]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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The Measure of Happiness, or a Royal visit to the Dey of Tunis or the Great Plenipo _
The Measure of Happiness, or a Royal visit to the Dey of Tunis or the Great Plenipo _
[by William Heath.]
Pub July 20 1820 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
Scarce coloured etching, watermark 1820; 1820. 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾"), with margins. Tears and creasing. Borders messy.
Caroline of Brunswick in Turkish costume, with much of her vast bosom on display, smoking a hookah. An interpreter makes pleasantries, to which Caroline replies ''I am as Happy as the Dey [altered to Day] is Long!!!''. A disgruntled Bartolommeo Bergami stands behind. An anti-Caroline satire of her visit to Tunis in 1816, published as George IV tried to win a divorce by the Pains and Penalties Bill 1820.
BM Satires 13767.
[Ref: 54560]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Mother Carey's Chickens.
Mother Carey's Chickens. BM these Birds have lately been seen hovering about the Horse Guards.
[by Charles Williams.]
[Watermarked 1803 but printed later.]
Coloured etching. 255 x 380mm (10 x 15"). Mounted in album paper at edges, some toning.
Mrs Cary or Carey releases a flock of fledgling officers with money bags from a sack marked 'Pin Money instead of Allowance', to the disgust of a group of full-size officers, one of whom says 'To waste ones health in unwholesome Climates an then fail of promotion because we cannot fee ****** or Army Agents Agents.!!'. Mrs Cary succeeded Mary Anne Clarke as mistress of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, after Clarke admitted selling army commissions to support their lavish lifestyle in 1809. This satire suggests that the practice continued.
BM Satires 11050, published by Tegg 1808.
[Ref: 54569]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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A Fair-Lawn View - or the Portsmouth Journey.
A Fair-Lawn View - or the Portsmouth Journey. ''He that is robb'd not wanting / ''What is stolen, let him not know it, / ''And he's not robb'd at all.
[by Charles Williams.]
Pub,d Jan.y 1823 by S.W. Fores 41 Piccadilly.
Rare coloured etching, watermark 1818. 245 x 345mm (9¾ x 13½"), large margins. Time stained.
A scene at Fairlawn house at Acton Green: a man (probably James Capy, Lord Portsmouth's valet) recoils at seeing Lady Portsmouth asleep in the arms of another man, while Lord Portsmouth sleeps on the farther side of the large bed. John Charles Wallop (1767-1853), 3rd Earl of Portsmouth, had an unsound mind from an early age. After the death of his first wife in 1813, John Hanson, his solicitor, quickly arranged the marriage of the earl and his own daughter, Mary Anne, intending to have the earl declared insane six months later. This failed (thanks to Lord Byron, who had given the bride away), so Mary Anne began an adulterous affair with William Alder, even having intercourse in the same bed with the Earl, fathering three children on her. Eventually it was discovered that the Earl was being badly mistreated by his new wife and her lover. He was adjudged to have been insane since 1809. In 1828 marriage was annulled, Mary Anne's children declared bastards and a judgment for the £40,000 cost of the trial was issued against her. She fled abroad.
BM Satires 14546.
[Ref: 54436]   £320.00  

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The Jersey Smuggler detected; - or - Good cause for Discontent [Seperation]. _
The Jersey Smuggler detected; - or - Good cause for Discontent [Seperation]. _ ''Marriage vows, are false as Dicers oaths.''
[by James Gillray.]
Pub.d May 24th 1796 by H. Humphrey N 18. New Bond St.
Coloured etching. 260 x 365mm (10¼ x 14¼"). Small margins. A few spots.
Caroline of Brunswick discovers the Prince of Wales in bed with Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey. She gestures through a door to a crib with Princess Charlotte asleep. Above the Princess's head hangs a 'Map of the Road back to Brunswick'. Jersey's part in the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales was well known, gaining sympathy of Caroline and distain for Jersey. The quote is from Hamlet.
BM Satires 8806.
[Ref: 54606]   £680.00  
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[George IV & Mrs Fitzherbert] Triumph of Love and Folly.
[George IV & Mrs Fitzherbert] Triumph of Love and Folly.
E_s [James Elmes].
London Pub.d Aprl 24 [1812] by Tho.s Tegg 111 Cheapside.
Coloured etching. Sheet 240 x 340mm (9½ x 13½"). Trimmed within plate, some scraping of plate, removing date, some text of a speech bubble and blank area above Mrs Fitzerbert's head. Few tiny pinpricks top right.
The Prince Regent carried in a sedan chair by two judges, with Mrs Fitzherbert on the roof with two babies, followed by the cabinet.
[Ref: 54556]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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[St Martins-in-the-Fields] St Martins in an Uproar.
[St Martins-in-the-Fields] St Martins in an Uproar.
[by Charles Williams]
Pubd Octr 1 1801 by S W Fores No 50 Piccadilly. Folios of Caricatures lent out for the Evening
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark 240 x 370mm (9½ x 14½"). Hole upper centre (in church railing). Stamp of S.W. Fores lower right.
Scene outside the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with clergymen chasing a parson out of the church, while couples on the right assail him. In 1801 Thomas Scott Smith introduced himself to the Curate of St Martins as the nephew of Lord Eldon, and acquired a position at the church. For a month he officiated at marriages, baptisms and burials, before he was discovered, found guilty of forgery and sentenced to death. Etched by Charles Williams (1797 - 1830, fl.), prolific etcher of satires from his own designs and those of other artists (especially Woodward). Almost all his plates are anonymous and little work has been done to establish for certain which prints he made. As a result Williams is little-known in comparison with contemporaries such as Rowlandson and Gillray in spite of the comparable quality of some of his work. This impression bears the 'S.W.F.' stamp of the publisher S.W. Fores, also found on impressions of Fores prints in the British Museum and the Hermitage, St Petersburg.
BM Satires 9779; L.2384.
[Ref: 46557]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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