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John Doyle (1797-1868)

The Throne in Danger 1828

RCIN 917823

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Doyle’s drawing is a design for one of the many satirical prints that attacked George in the final years of his reign. It shows him seated on the throne with the Prime Minister, the Duke of Wellington, standing before him while his mistress, Lady Conyngham, peeps through a curtain behind. Wellington and Conyngham both held great influence and this satire expresses public distrust of their power over George.

Purchased in 1957