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Print made by George Cruikshank, 1792–1878, British
Published by George Humphrey, ca. 1773–ca. 1831, British
A Scene in the New Farce - as Performed at the Royalty Theatre!
Etching, hand-colored on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Sheet: 9 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches (24.2 x 34.6 cm) and Image: 8 9/16 x 13 1/8 inches (21.7 x 33.3 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower left: "Theatrical | GeoIV as Henry VIII | C1962 | Douglas 852"

Lettered, upper center: "A Scene in the New FARCE ___ as performed at the Royalty Theatre!_______"; lower left: "G Cruikshank | invt et sculp__"; lower center inside image: "Pub'd by G Humphrey Feb_y 14 1821_ 27 St James's Street"; lower center under image: "Historical Fact,—King Henry VIII, being petitioned to dismiss his Ministers & Council, by the Citizens of London & many boroughs, to releive his | Oppressed Subjects, made the Citizens this Sagacious reply:—"We, with all Our Cabinet, think it strange that ye, who be but brutes, & inexpert folk, shd tell us who be & who be not fit for our Council" | —Vide La Belle Assemblée for October 1820, p. 151.'"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animals | axes | bishops | bowing | brutes | bulls | caricature | chancellor | citizen participation | court | elephant (animal) | historical subject | hoes | horns | jester | king's | ministers | obese | papers | petitions | satire | soldiers | throne
Associated Places:
City of London | England | Europe | Greater London | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Wellesley, Arthur, first duke of Wellington (1769–1852), army officer and prime minister
Vansittart, Nicholas, 1st Baron Bexley (1766-1851), Chancellor of the Exchequer
Jenkinson, Robert Banks, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770-1828), prime minister
Stewart, Robert, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess Londonderry (1759-1822), Chief Secretary for Ireland
Scott, John, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838), Lord Chancellor
Addington, Henry, first Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844), prime minister
George IV (1762–1830), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Henry VIII (1491–1547), king of England and Ireland
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Peterloo and Protest (Yale Center for British Art, 2019-08-16 - 2019-12-01)

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