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The Deepot

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    5/7/1830 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (designed)
    McLean, Thomas (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printer's ink, paper, etching

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    1233:46-1882

  • Gallery location:

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

Heath’s caricature takes Elizabeth Conyngham as its primary subject, placing the hugely rotund figure in the centre of the composition. Before a closet filled with an ermine-trimmed mantle, money bags, and various treasures, including jewels, framed miniatures, and boxes of diamonds, Conyngham stands with her back to the viewer, peering over her right shoulder. With a contemptuous frown, she states ‘Do you think I care for the opinions of any of you’.
Published only a few days after the death of King George IV, Heath’s caricature references the scandal surrounding the King’s bequest. Following his death, he bequeathed Conyngham his jewels, which proved to be a rather controversial event. Conyngham, however, refused the bequest, yet caricatures such as this were still produced.

Physical description

Etched cariacture, with hand colouring, of Elizabeth Conyngham, standing with her back to the viewer, and looking back over her right shoulder. She stands between open curtains, and before shelves of treasure. The image is set within a yellow and grey border.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

5/7/1830 (published)

Artist/maker

Heath, William, born 1795 - died 1840 (designed)
McLean, Thomas (published)

Materials and Techniques

printer's ink, paper, etching

Marks and inscriptions

The Deepôt
Title inscribed below image in border

William Heath
Printmaker's name inscribed in lower left corner of border

Pub July 5, 1830 by T McLean 26 Haymarket_
Publication line inscribed in lower right corner of border

What piles of wealth hath she accumulated to her own portion
Inscribed above image within border

Do you think I care for the opinions of any of you
Speech of sitter inscribed towards top of image

£100-000
Inscribed on each of the five money bags depicted on the top shelf

DIAMONDS - Rundle & Bridge
Inscribed on the box on the lower shelf to the left. Rundell and Bridge were a London based jewellers and goldsmiths, and served as Royal Goldsmiths to George IV.

Dimensions

Height: 320 mm Image, Width: 222 mm Image, Height: 374 mm Plate, Width: 262 mm Plate, Height: 436 mm Sheet, Width: 294 mm Sheet

Descriptive line

Etched caricature, with hand colouring, of Elizabeth Conyngham standing before a closet of treasure.

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

BM Satires 16157

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching; Hand colouring

Categories

Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons; Politics; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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