English coronet auction by K-, P- & Co.

In a large room French aristocrats crowd across a table from Pitt who is taking money while handing a pen to the man opposite who holds a crown in his left arm as he throws coins toward Pitt’s grasping hand. Above Pitt stands George III behind podium, gavel in one hand and another crown extended toward one of the many bidders shouting comments and prices. The King calls out, “This is a lot, gentlemen, of superior brilliancy to the last. This, this raises you above your fellows in a very high degree indeed. I pity your distresses from my soul, what, what, what was that you were saying about jewels, Madames, too high. You may ride over the necks of half the nation with this upon your coach. You may get in debt as fast as you please and never pay. Mind that gentlemen, never pay.” The Queen walks up a ladder behind the King to retrieve more crowns from the shelves behind the King’s podium, turning her head to say, “Pay some attention to that Lady’s jewels, my love.”

  • CreatorByron, Frederick George, 1764-1792, attributed name.
  • TitleEnglish coronet auction by K-, P- & Co., or, Comfort for the late French noblesse [graphic] / designed by Corruption ; executed by Avarice.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by Willm. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, July 8, 1790.

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Acquired May 2017


The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver

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“George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: “My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ “panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ “gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ “much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ “-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little – odious \ “-reptiles, that nature ever suffer’d to crawl upon the surface of the Earth.” He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver [graphic].
  • Published[London : Pubd. June 26th, 1803, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, 26 June 1803]

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Acquired December 2014

Going to market

Gillray, James, 1756-1815

Going to market.

Published: London : Pubd. Novr. 21, 1791, by Wm. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, [1791]


King George III and his consort Queen Charlotte appear as a farmer and his wife riding to market, she with a cage of chickens on her lap as her husband drives the cart, another cage with geese and a pig in the back. Behind them two Lifeguardsmen on horseback ride with their sabres drawn and bunches of carrots and turnips hanging from their saddles. Signposts along the road indicate the way and mileage to Windsor. The King is singing, and the Queen and their guard join in the chorus.

1 print on laid paper : etching, hand-colored

1 print on laid paper : etching, hand-colored

Subjects (Library of Congress): George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820–Caricatures and cartoons; George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820–Health; Charlotte, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818–Caricatures and cartoons; Bodyguards–British; Carts & wagons; Farmers; & Singing.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: January, 2009