C1820

The Genius of History, or dressing for a Mask'd Ball at Naples. Comment me trouves tu mon cour? sic Je l'aimemieux comme cela, mon Ange

Artist:

BOB

Irish issued caricature of the Princess of Wales, squat and fat, wearing a short transparent dress, adjusts her hair at a large glass above a console table on which lies her black mask. Bergami stands beside her, holding a scarf … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Genius of History, or dressing for a Mask’d Ball at Naples. Comment me trouves tu mon cour? sic Je l’aimemieux comme cela, mon Ange

Date:

C1820

Artist:

BOB

Condition:

In good condition. Laid on blue backing paper.

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

285mm 
x 215mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Genius of History, or dressing for a Mask'd Ball at Naples. Comment me trouves tu mon cour? sic Je l'aimemieux comme cela, mon Ange - Antique Print from 1820

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

Irish issued caricature of the Princess of Wales, squat and fat, wearing a short transparent dress, adjusts her hair at a large glass above a console table on which lies her black mask. Bergami stands beside her, holding a scarf and a box of ‘Essence Bergamy‘; he wears orders. Through a window reaching to the floor (right) is seen Vesuvius.

She asks: “Comment me trouves tu Mon cour” [sic]? (How do you find me?). 
He answers: “Je t’aime mieux comme” / “cela, mon Ange”. ( I like it better like this, my Angel.)

Originally issued October 1820 by G.Humphrey 27 St James’s St, London.

Collections:
British Museum BM Satires 13890 (Humphrey issue)

Caroline of Brunswick was Queen consort of King George IV from 29 January 1820 until her death in 1821. She was the Princess of Wales from 1795 to 1820. Caroline moved to Italy, where she employed Bartolomeo Pergami as a servant. Pergami soon became Caroline’s closest companion, and it was widely assumed that they were lovers. 

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