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Title
Ah! sure such a pair was never seen so justly form'd to meet by nature--Old Sherry. Dedicated to Old Bags
Creator
George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British; George Humphrey, London, publisher
Date Created and/or Issued
1820-1820
Publication Information
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
Collection
Richard Vogler Cruikshank Collection
Rights Information
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Description
One of several prints by George Cruikshank satirizing the unhappy union of George IV and Queen Caroline. Here, Cruikshank depicts the king and queen as pear-shaped green bags, an allusion to the common use of green bags to carry legal or official papers. When the king sent Parliament evidence of the queen's questionable moral conduct, the queen's counselor, Henry Peter Broughman is credited with responding, "if the King had a Green Bag the Queen might have one too;" that is, evidence of the king's moral misconduct might be gathered easily. Cruikshank playfully credits Broughman with the idea for the caricature (Broom invt). The title derives from lyrics in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comic opera, The Duenna.
Catalogue Raisonne: Reid 957; Douglas 843; Cohn 877; British Museum 13735
Inscription: Recto, in plate below design, "Broom invt G. Cruikshank fect" at l.l.; "Pubd by G. Humphrey 27 St James's Street / June 23 1820" at l.r.; Verso, Vogler's stamp in black ink at l.r.
Type
image
Format
Print Etching with hand coloring
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft500006sr
1989.21.286
Subject
Caricatures; monarchy; George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830; Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen, Consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821