Dido forsaken sic transit gloria reginae. [graphic]
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- Dido forsaken sic transit gloria reginae. [graphic]
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Fores, S. W., publisher.
- Published / Created
- [21 May 1787]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. May 21st, 1787, by S.W. Fores, Piccadilly, London
One of many satires on the morganatic marriage of George IV and Mrs. Fitzherbert. on the left Mrs. Fitzherbert as Dido sits on a funeral pyre made up of phallic-shaped logs and watches the Prince of Wales sail away in a small boat whose flag is inscribed with the word 'Windsor' [Castle]. The wind which fills the ragged sail of the boat appears to be produced by a blast from the mouths of Dundas and Pitt, whose profile heads are on the extreme left. It is directed at Dido's head, and has blown off a royal crown, an orb and sceptre, and a coronet decorated with the Prince of Wales's feathers. With a tragic gesture she holds out in her right hand a mutilated crucifix. Her breast is bare and her girdle of 'Chastity' is broken. At her feet lie emblems of Popery: a sharp-toothed harrow inscribed 'For the conversion of Heretics', shackles, a pair of birch-rods, an axe, a scourge, and a rosary and crucifix. The pyre seems to be made of money-bags. The boat is the 'Honor'; the Prince is seated between Fox, who holds the tiller, and Burke, who holds the sail; his arms are folded and he looks over his shoulder at Fox, saying, "I never saw her in my Life". Fox echoes "No, never in all his Life, Damme"; Burke, wearing a Jesuit's biretta, says "Never", and North, who sits beside him, apparently asleep, says "No, never". After the title is engraved: 'Sic transit gloria Reginae' (pardoy of "Sic transit gloria mundi"). See British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Attributed to Gillray in the British Museum catalogue.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
1 print : etching with stipple, hand-colored, on laid paper ; sheet 274 x 371 mm.
- 1 print : sheet 27.3 x 37.5 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- 787.05.21.01+ Impression 3
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1787
Etchings England London 1787
- etching with stipple ; and laid paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797
Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811
- Subject (Topic)
Parodies, imitations, etc
Virgil > Parodies, imitations, etc
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830 > Caricatures and cartoons
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830 > Finance, Personal
Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792 > Caricatures and cartoons
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797 > Caricatures and cartoons
Pitt, William, 1759-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1787
England > London > 1787
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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