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ROBERT SEYMOUR (1798-1836)

The Great Joss and his Playthings.


RCIN 751279

Seymour’s satirical print was made at the end of George’s life to criticise his extravagant expenditure and love of ‘oriental’-style art and architecture. It shows him as an obese man in Chinese dress surrounded by his spoils, among them Brighton Pavilion (on the shelf behind) and the giraffe he kept as a pet in Windsor Great Park. Such critical prints helped to shape public opinion of George at the time, and continue to colour our view of him today.

Presented in 2017

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