The Abyssenian monster, or, The invisible being drawn from his den [graphic].
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- The Abyssenian monster, or, The invisible being drawn from his den [graphic].
- Alternative Title
Abyssinian monster, or, The invisible being drawn from his den
Invisible being drawn from his den
- Published / Created
- [December 1820]
- Publication Place
- Published by J. Dawson, Camden Town
George IV is shown as a grotesque sea monster, for which the following description is given below image: "He is of immence size, his head and face bear the appearance of a man, he has the neck of a bull, the body of a huge sea hog, the legs of an elephant, and the tail of a porpoise." The beast lies helpless on the shore facing right, emitting a plume from his mouth containing the words "debauchery", "trifling", "vice", "folly", etc. Queen Caroline's defense lawyers reign in the animal, Brougham on the left wielding a broom and Denman on the right holding a chain attached to the beast's collar. Broom exclaims: "At length I see thee! They death warrant's signed." Below him is written "The mighty Broom of Destruction", and a bundle labeled "more broom sticks" sits beside him. Denman stands at the mouth of a cave marked "A DEN", holding a club labeled "The Queens cause" and saying: "That blow from Broom will end thee." Below him is written "The intrepid Den-Man". Frogs, salamandars, snails, and other aquatic creatures enter the water at the feet of both men. Offshore a vessel, with the figurehead of Queen Caroline and flying a banner bearing her name, shoots and injures the monster, streams of blood with words such as "corruption", "bribery", and "perjury & ingratitude" flowing out of the wounds. In the water on either side of the ship, figures thrash about as they try to escape the scene. One in the group of men (politicians?) on the left says "Non mi Ricordo" as he struggles to stay afloat. Among the three men and one woman on the right is the Duke of Wellington, a member of the clergy, and another lawyer
Title etched at top of image.
Date of publication from The National Archives' online catalogue, reference: TS 11/115/326/74.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Text at bottom of image: May the prow of innocence ever cut the foul waves of malice. J. Bull Esqr.
Four lines of text below image, beginning: It having long been a desideratum with men of research to discover the souce of the Nile, we have much pleasure laying it before them ...
For a brief mention of this print, see: Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 10, page li.
Mounted on page 15 of: George Humphrey shop album.
- 1 print : sheet 25.7 x 34 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Folio 75 H89 821 (Oversize)
- Collection Title
- Page 15. George Humphrey shop album.
- Collection/Other Creator
- Humphrey, G., 1773-1831?, collector.
- Collection Date
- [London], [not after 1821]
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Trials, litigation, etc
Satires (Visual works) England 1820
Etchings England London 1820
- etching ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Geographic)
- Subject (Name)
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
Caroline, Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821
Brougham and Vaux, Henry Brougham, Baron, 1778-1868
Denman, Thomas Denman, Baron, 1779-1854
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852
- Subject (Topic)
John Bull (Symbolic character)
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830 > Caricatures and cartoons
Caroline, Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821 > Trials, litigation, etc
Brougham and Vaux, Henry Brougham, Baron, 1778-1868 > Caricatures and cartoons
Denman, Thomas Denman, Baron, 1779-1854 > Caricatures and cartoons
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852 > Caricatures and cartoons
John Bull (Symbolic character)
Politicians > England
England > 1820
England > London > 1820
Humphrey, G. (George), 1773-1831? > Ownership
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