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Merry Making on the Regents Birth Day 1812.

[graphic]. Pub. by McCleary 32 Nassau Street [Dublin].

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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: Influenced by George Cruikshank's 'Merry making on the Regents birth day, 1812 ', published in August 1812 by J. Johnston, 98 Cheapside, London. See British Cartoon Prints Collection in the Library of Congress. This print lettered with title "Merry Making on the Regents Birth Day 1812" and publication line "Pub. by McCleary 32 Nassau Street". George, the Prince Regent [later George IV] is depicted dancing with a woman at a party, holding a bottle of wine in his right hand and a goblet in his left hand; a corkscrew lies on the floor and George's right foot rests on a petition that lies at his feet, entitled "The Petition of the Wife & three helpless children of Thompson for respite. Rejected. GPR [George Prince Regent]". At right of the scene, a man sits with a dejected look on his face [he may be the husband of the woman George is engaged in dancing with]. He holds a long scroll of paper entitled "Order of the day" which lists "Breakfast - Two to be Hung at Newgate"; "Luncheon - Mutton Billets & [...] with Double Salute"; "Dinner - Love & Lumps of Fat"; "Tea - Butter & Buns" followed by "Supper - German fling, d[penny] sausage with bread, cheese & kisses &c &c, Dancing all night". His feet rest on a book that is open on a page titled "The black joke" while standing either side of him are two satyrs, playing French horns, perhaps alluding to his present cuckold condition. He remarks (in a speech bubble) "Curse these French horns". In the left background, seen through a window, poor people gather seeking relief. A man cradles a small child in one arm while holding the hand of a small boy who is poorly dressed with his right hand. He remarks, (in a speech bubble), "If rich Rouges like poor ones were to Hang it would thin the land such numbers would swing upon Tyburn Tree". A woman standing near him, holding a broadside that features an illustration of two bodies hanging from a gallows. It reads: "The Last Dying Speech of the 2 Unfortunates". In the distance on a hill a gallows as been erected and the bodies of a dead man and a dead woman hang from it.
Created: [Dublin] : McCleary, Nassau St., [n.d., ca. 1812-1813?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 20.6 x 31.6 cm., platemark 23.4 x 33.1 cm., on sheet 27.8 x 42.3 cm..
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (49) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.