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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The York Dilly or the Triumph of Innocence. 30 Mar 1809

RCIN 810764

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A hand-coloured print of a carriage containing the Duke of York. The Duke of York was acquitted of wrongdoing in Parliament by a majority of 82, the number here inscribed on the ‘dilly’. Even here the Duke cannot escape the embarrassment of his love letters: a man addresses him familiarly as ‘my Darling’. Rowlandson’s model is the Triumphs of Petrarch, in which the virtues are shown in carriages. Here, the Duke is reduced to a diligence, or public stage-coach, well beneath his royal status. Inscribed in the plate: Pubd. March 30th 1809 by Thos Tegg No 111 Cheapside