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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Golden Apple, or the Modern Paris. published 2 Mar 1785

RCIN 810123

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George purchased this print in 1790. It shows him as the Trojan hero Paris choosing which of three beauties will receive a golden apple. Here, the three beauties are the duchesses of Devonshire, Rutland and Gordon. None was George’s mistress, but such prints drove rumours of illicit liaisons. Despite this, George seems to have been flattered rather than offended by the depiction.

Purchased in 1790