Packing up!!!

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“In a room filled with bales, chests, and plunder the Conyngham family prepare to depart. Lord Conyngham (left), in shirt-sleeves but elegant, tugs at the cord of an enormous bundle. Lady Conyngham struggles with the lock of a treasure-chest, saying, ‘There is no such thing as getting those Devilish Locks of Bramahs open’. Her daughter carries on her shoulder the skeleton of the giraffe (see British Museum Satires No. 16108). A cupboard topped with the Royal Arms displays bare shelves; plate is heaped on the floor.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Packing up!!! [graphic] / W. Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. July 1st, 1830, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [1 July 1830]

Catalog Record

830.07.01.01+

Acquired January 2020

State of the giraffe

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“The King’s giraffe hangs limply from a sling which is suspended from a cross-beam supported on two uprights. George IV and Lady Conyngham push hard at a windlass to hoist up their pet. He has thrown off his coat and rolled up his shirt-sleeves; tight breeches define spherical posteriors. She looks up sentimentally at the animal, whose forelegs are swathed in stockings, with the feet in large shoes stamped with a crown. Beside it is an open chest of stoppered spirit bottles. A background of trees and grass indicates Windsor Park.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: State of the giraffe [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Esqr.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket …, [ca. July 1829]

Catalog Record

829.07.00.05+

January 2020