THE MYSTERIOUS VISIT Materials:
lithograph Production person:
Print made by John Doyle (HB) Printed by: Charles Motte Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
London, England Date: June 1829 Schools/Styles:
Description No. 9. George IV, seated on a sofa and almost in back view, shakes hands with Eldon (right) while the Duke of Cumberland, on the extreme right and in back view, seems to superintend the interview. At a little distance (left), Lyndhurst, in wig and gown, and Peel whisper together; the Chancellor asks: 'What can he want here so soon again?' Peel: 'I believe it's something about you.'
British Museum Curator's comments
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The pending dismissal of the Ministry with Eldon reinstated as Chancellor is implied, see No. 15809, &c. For Wellington's formal complaint to the King of Cumberland's "frequent long interviews" at Windsor, and his unfair political opposition, see letter of 30 Jan. 1830, 'Despatches', N.S. vi. 458. "But for him," said Wellington (1832), "the King never after consenting to the Catholic Relief Bill, would have gone about complaining that he had been coerced and thus blown the flame of anger among the ultra-Tories which destroyed me." Gleig, 'Personal Reminiscences of Wellington', 1904, p. 107. For Eldon's visits to the King cf. No. 15716, &c.; for Cumberland and the ultra-Tories, Nos. 15658, 15742, 15834, 15843.