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The Great Joss and his Playthings

On his death, George's collection included 2,750 satirical prints. Seymour's Great Joss and his Playthings 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 a fat Chinese emperor surrounded by his spoils. The references in this print would have been readily understood by a contemporary audience.

Click on a hotspot below to decode Seymour's satirical references.

Hotspot interactive of Seymour's satire, 'Great Joss and his Playthings'