DescriptionA FAITHFUL REPRESENTATION OF THE TRIAL OF HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTI [SIC] CAROLINE QUEEN OF ENGLAND, IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS
Early 19th century
Printed cotton handkerchief based upon an extremely scarce anonymous French or Italian lithograph
21 x 27-3/4 inches (53.3 x 70.5 cm)
The Elton M. Hyder, Jr. Charitable and Educational Fund Collection: Formerly at the University of Texas Law Library.
This image depicts the 1820 trial for adultery of Queen Caroline of Brunswick (1768 - 1821), wife of George IV. A realistic view of the House of Lords receding in perspective to the Throne, above which is inset an oval bust portrait lettered 'Bartolomo [sic] Bergami', wearing four decorations. Members of the House and others assembled around a large table at center, upon which sits '13', the 'Green Bag'. Lord Chancellor John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon presiding in middle ground, at center; Queen Caroline can be seen seated in foreground to right. When Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1768 - 1821) arrived at St James's Palace the Prince of Wales came to visit her. After greeting her, he turned to the Earl of Malmesbury saying, 'Harris, I am not well. Pray get me a glass of brandy'. He then left the room. Caroline's comment to Malmesbury was, 'I find him very stout and by no means as handsome as his portrait'. The ill-matched pair was married on 8 April 1795 and it soon became clear that the Prince of Wales would not tolerate his wife's company unless he was drunk. The marriage was consummated and on 7 January 1796 a daughter, Charlotte, was born to the couple. By March, the proud parents were living separately and rarely spoke to each other. George's disastrous marriage to Caroline provided ample material for the caricaturists of the day. George was mocked for preferring his mistresses to his wife; Caroline received more sympathy but was rumored to have a string of lovers and was easy to portray as a vulgar attention seeker. Tired of her husband's neglect, Caroline left England to tour Europe and in Italy met Bartolomeo Bergami who became her secretary and constant companion. The couple's relationship caused much scandal.
Estimate: $400 - $600.
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