Charles James Fox (1749-1806); Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806); King George IV (1762-1830) 'For the Benifit of the Champion, A Catch to be performed at the New Theatre Covent Garden - for Admission Apply to the D----ss - NB. Gratis to those who wear Large Tails' by Thomas Rowlandson (British, (1756â0131823)
Lot 53
Charles James Fox (1749-1806); Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806); King George IV (1762-1830) 'For the Benifit of the Champion, A Catch to be performed at the New Theatre Covent Garden - for Admission Apply to the D----ss - NB. Gratis to those who wear Large Tails' by Thomas Rowlandson (British, (1756â0131823)
Sold for £1,320 (US$ 2,065) inc. premium

Lot Details
Charles James Fox (1749-1806); Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806); King George IV (1762-1830)
'For the Benifit of the Champion, A Catch to be performed at the New Theatre Covent Garden - for Admission Apply to the D----ss - NB. Gratis to those who wear Large Tails' by Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756–1823)
Etching with hand-colouring, published by William Humphrey
24.5 x 33cm (9¾ x 13in) (Image)

Footnotes

  • Fox had reluctantly joined forces with Lord North to oust Shelburne, and in 1783 he served as Foreign Secretary in the Fox-North coalition, a shaky alliance united only in its opposition to Shelburne. The King refused to work with the nominal Prime Minister the Duke of Portland, and the government fell in December over a failed bid to nationalise the East India Company. This was one of Fox’s personal goals. It would have made the monolithic company responsible to Parliament as well as providing a wealth of sinecures and appointments for his friends. In March 1784 a General Election was called. Fox’s campaign in Westminster was a landmark of electioneering. His supporters included not only the society beauty and sometime Fox’s lover Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire and her friends, but also the Prince of Wales.

    This extraordinary public event was a gift to the caricaturists and pamphleteers, and more images survive of this event that any other campaign of the century.
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