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Looking Grave on the New Appointment

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    6/7/1830 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (made)
    McLean, Thomas, born 1788 - died 1875 (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printer's ink, paper, etching

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Standing to the left in profile, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, later to become King of Hanover, raises his right hand, with his fingers touching his bald head, whilst reading a paper held in his left hand, which is inscribed with ‘Gazette – Sussex – Ranger of Windsor Forest – Cumberland Lodge &c.’. Cumberland’s stance and gesture suggests concern, likely the culmination of a number of issues surrounding him at the time. The paper makes reference to the fact that Cumberland had been overlooked for the post of Ranger of St. James’ Park and Hyde Pak, with his brother, Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, taking the position instead. Another point of concern for Cumberland involved the death of his brother, King George IV. On June 26th, 1830, not even a month prior to Heath’s execution of the caricature, Cumberland’s brother died, which, in turn, resulted in the end of Cumberland’s political influence. Finally, ‘Grave’ in the title is heavily shaded, alluding to the recent scandal involving Lady Mary Graves. Towards the beginning of 1830, several newspapers published articles that suggested that Cumberland was having an affair with Lady Graves, the wife of British peer and Member of Parliament, Thomas Graves. In the February, Thomas Graves committed suicide. It was widely suggested that the death of Thomas Graves was instigated by the affair, and many held Cumberland responsible.

Physical description

Etched caricature, with hand colouring, of a tall man standing in profile to the left. His right hand is raised to his head, and he holds a written document in his left. Trees fill the right of the composition, and in the distance to the left is a view of a river and bridge. A yellow and grey border surrounds the image.

Place of Origin

London (published)


6/7/1830 (published)


Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (made)
McLean, Thomas, born 1788 - died 1875 (published)

Materials and Techniques

printer's ink, paper, etching

Marks and inscriptions

Looking Grave on the New Appointment
Title inscribed within border below image

W Heath
Printmakers name inscribed to bottom left of border, below image

Pub July 6 1830 b T. McLean 26 Haymarket London
Publication line inscribed in border

Gazette - Sussex - Ranger of Windsor Forest - Cumberland Lodge &c.
Inscribed on the paper which the figure holds in his left hand


Height: 350 mm Image, Width: 239 mm Image, Height: 371 mm Plate, Width: 256 mm Plate, Height: 440 mm Sheet, Width: 292 mm Sheet

Descriptive line

Etched caricature, with hand colouring, of the Duke of Cumberland, standing to the left in profile, and looking down at a document he holds.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

BM Satires 16156




Etching; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted



Caricatures & Cartoons; Satire; Prints; Politics


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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