Volltext: A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art

perfonages are reprefented in the very familiar manner in which they 
were accuitomed to walk about YVindfor and its neighbourhood. This 
picture appears to have been very popular; and years afterwards, in a 
caricature on a fcene in "The School for Scandal," where, in the fale of 
the young prolligate's effects, the auctioneer puts up a family portrait, for 
which a broker offers five fhillings, and Carelefs, the auclioneer, fays, 
" Going for no more than one crown," the family piece is the well- 
known picture of " Farmer George and his Wife," and the ruined 
prodigal is the prince of Wales, who exclaitns, "Careleis, knock down 
the farmer." 
Many caricatures againtt the undignified rneannefs of the royal h0nfe- 
hold appeared during the years 1791 and I792, when the king paffed 
much of his time at his favourite Watering-place, Weymouth ; and there 
his domeftic habits had become more and more an object of remark. It 
was faid that, under the pretence of Weymouth being an expenlive place, 
and taking advantage of the obligations of the royal mail to carry parcels 
for the king free, he had his provitions brought to him by that conveyance 
from his farm at Wiiidfor. On the 28th of November, 1791, Gillray 
pnbliihed a caricature 011 the homelinelis of the royal houfehold, in two 
compartments, in one of which the king is reprefented, in a drefs which is 
anything but that of royalty, toafting his rnufhns for breakfall; and in the 
other, queen Charlotte, in no lefs homely drefs, though her pocket is over- 
flowing with money, toafting fprats for fupper. In another of Gillray's 
prints, entitled "Anti-faccharites," the king and queen are teaching their 
daughters economy in taking their tea without fugar; as the young 
princetfes ihow fome dillike to the experiment, the queen admonifhes 
them, concluding with the remark, "Above all, remember how much 
expenfe it will fave your poor papa!" 
According to a {lory which feems to be authentic, Gillray's diflike of 
the king was embittered at this time by an incident fomcwhat Iimilar to 
that by which George II. had provoked the anger of Hogarth. Gillray 
had vifited France, Flanders, and Holland, and he had made iketches, 
a few of which he engraved. Our cut No. 225 reprefents a group from 
one of thefe tketches, which explains itfelf, and is a fair example of 


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