Title etched below image. Attributed to Theodore Lane in the British Museum catalogue. Four lines of verse below the title: Ah! where, and ah where, does my gallant courier lie, for me does he oft on his downy pillow sigh, I left him on the Continent, to claim my half-a-crown, and I wish to my heart, I could have him here in town. Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
"A parody of British Museum Satires No. 9752, Gillray's 'Dido in Despair!' The Queen takes the place of Lady Hamilton, in a similar pose but tearing her long black hair with more of rage and less of grief. She wears a bracelet on each arm, one inscribed 'BB' (for Bergami), the other 'MW' (for Wood). On the floor are gifts to the Queen. Her bare right foot rests on a large cake inscribed 'MW' on which are various emblems: a large crown, which she kicks over, busts of Wood, Bergami, Lieut. Hownam, and an unidentified person; also a goat, an ass, and a cat. This stands on a paper: 'Mr Trifle's Love to the Q[ueen]'. A huge round of beef is ticketed 'With Mr Suets Love to the Q--n'; with this is a roll of 'Cat's Meat'. A model of a pair of stays enclosed in a glass case stands on two papers: 'Glass-blower's Delight' and 'O stay my love my Cary dear'. A pair of breeches of metal is 'For Bat [Bergami] or Cat ad libitum from the Brazier[s]'. Caricatures lie near a pair of slippers inscribed 'BB'; the uppermost is of Bergami drinking at a table between Wood and the Queen. A book is 'Catalogue of Fancy Men'. The glass on the dressing-table is topped by a crescent; on it hang miniatures of Bergami and Wood (cf. No. 13858). The table is covered with decanters, one labelled 'Brandy' [see British Museum Satires No. 14175], glass, pill-box, and boxes of 'Rouge', 'Brick dust', and 'Court Plaister'. The curtains of the bed are fringed with gold and hang from a pelmet. In place of Gillray's open sash-window is a closed French window; outside is a landscape, with two asses, and a lake (Como) with a sailing-boat."--British Museum online catalogue.
Bergami, Bartolomeo Bergami,--Baron.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb99038649 Caroline,--Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain,--1768-1821--Caricatures and cartoons. Dido--(Legendary character)--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb2018022481 Gillray, James, 1756-1815. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50033402 Humphrey, G. (George), 1773-1831?, publisher. Humphrey, G.--(George),--1773-1831?--Ownership. Wood, Matthew,--Sir,--1768-1843.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2006077399
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 10, no. 14144
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