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The Kettle calling the Pot ugly names

published 23 Sep 1820

RCIN 751290

In 1820 George tried to dissolve his marriage to Caroline by a bill in Parliament. This satire shows the couple as a pot and kettle hurling insults. The sticks fuelling the flames under the princess bear the names of her supporters Henry Brougham (‘Broom’), Alderman Wood and Bartolomeo Pergami, while the ‘green bags’ refer to the bags of evidence gathered against Caroline. The many satires published at this time were the subject of a government enquiry.

Purchased 2018

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