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Paradise Regained!!!


Pub. by J. Sidebotham L. Sackville St.

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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: After George Cruickshank's "Paradise Regained!!!" published in June 1811 by John Johnson, 101 Cheapside, London. See BM Satires 11726. This print lettered with title 'Paradise Regained!!!' with the publication line ''Pub. by J. Sidebotham L. Sackville St". Satirical print depicts the Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany and Bishop of Osnabrück, (1763-1827), wearing a uniform and garlanded with roses, shamrock and a thistle, standing in profile to the left on a rectangular pedestal decorated with donkeys' heads, while women, also garlanded, dance round him, holding hands in a circle. The pedestal is inscribed: 'This Royal May Pole after laying by for some time was again set up on the 25th of May 1811 by his xxxx O! what a falling off - was there! Shakespeare [a quotation from 'Hamlet'].' The Duke stands with his head thrown back and chest forward, his right leg advanced, his left hand on his hip and his drawn sword pointing upwards. He wears a plumed cocked hat and a gorget inscribed 'T F'. He says: "D—n [Damn] all W—dl—s and investigations here am I in office again who's afraid." Six of the eight women sing, with variations - one sings "Round about the May Pole now we Trot trot &c &c &c.".; another one says "Round about the Darling May Pole how we Trot" and another "Round about the Royal May Pole see how we Dance". The most simply dressed of all the women is Mary Anne Clarke, (1776-1852), [mistress of the Duke of York, from ca. 1803-1806; in 1809 it was revealed that she had been paid by army officers and clerics to assist them in gaining promotion through her influence over the Duke] in profile to the right. She sings: "Now we'll live on the fat of the land, and - Johnny Bull who pays for all will pay I do not doubt it and if he don't why some one shall so I don't care much about it O I am so happy to think that all his darling Love Letters were not made public." At her feet is a paper that has printed on it: 'Pripnciple Clearke[sic]' while behind her sits a musician, playing a wind instrument;. A piece of paper at his feet says "The Regents Dance". To her left, the woman holding her left hand remarks "go along Moll Clarke that's your sort". In the right background is a wall inscribed 'Garden of Eden' with a notice attached to it - 'Wardle Traps set in these Grounds.' Over the wall, standing on a ladder, John Bull observes the scene with some distress. He remarks "Hallo—what the Devil have we got here? - why if there an't Fred in his Old place again!!!!!! and as I'm alive his Old Favorits [sic] celebrating the event O, Iohn Bull, Iohn Bull who would have thought of all this."
Main Creator: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, artist
Created: [Dublin] : J. Sidebotham, Lower Sackville Street, [n.d., ca. 1811-1812?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 21.6 x 33.3 cm., platemark 24.6 x 35.3, on sheet 27.8 x 41.3 cm..
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (53) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.1