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The New Landlord's First Orders

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    07/1830

  • Artist/Maker:

    McLean, Thomas (Publisher)
    Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (Artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1233:123-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 138, box G

King William IV, dressed in an admiral's uniform, stands before Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington in the guise of workmen. He gestures to a railing and says (in a 'speech bubble') "Come I say, my hearties - you must pull these rails down again. I'm not going to shut out my tenants - so down with it - let's have no jaw about it. Wellington, standing, says "Do you think his honour is serious Bob?" Peel, kneeling with a trowel, says "Why he looks so".

This print was published shortly after William IV's accession in 1830. He was often depicted in naval uniform by satirical artists, in reference to his career in the Navy as a young man. It refers to one of his first popular acts as king, opening a public passage between Waterloo Place and St. James's Park in London.

Physical description

King William IV, dressed in an admiral's uniform, stands before Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington in the guise of workmen. He gestures to a railing and says (in a 'speech bubble') "Come I say, my hearties - you must pull these rails down again. I'm not going to shut out my tenants - so down with it - let's have no jaw about it. Wellington, standing, says "Do you think his honour is serious Bob?" Peel, kneeling with a trowel, says "Why he looks so".

Date

07/1830

Artist/maker

McLean, Thomas (Publisher)
Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (Artist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand coloured etching

Dimensions

Height: 29.8 cm, Weight: 43.9 cm

Descriptive line

Satirical print, William Heath, 'The New Landlord's First Orders', 1830.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Categories

Royalty; Satire; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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