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State of the Giraffe

Print
ca. 1829 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Caricature of a sickly-looking giraffe, wearing stockings and shoes on its forelegs, being raised in a windlass by King George IV and his mistress Lady Conyngham. George's jacket lies discarded on the floor, and there is a box of medicines on the right-hand side of the image.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
etching and watercolour
Brief Description
Caricature, 'State of the Giraffe', hand-coloured etching by William Heath, published by Thomas McLean, London, ca. 1829
Physical Description
Caricature of a sickly-looking giraffe, wearing stockings and shoes on its forelegs, being raised in a windlass by King George IV and his mistress Lady Conyngham. George's jacket lies discarded on the floor, and there is a box of medicines on the right-hand side of the image.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.875in
  • Width: 15in
Dimensions taken from Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1923, London: Board of Education, 1925.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where political and other caricature are daily Pub
  • Little hope is now entertaind of the recovery of the Giraffe - since the last attack he is unable to rise without the assistance of slings - every attention is paid him but tis' feard without effect / Morning papers (caption)
  • I supose [sic] we shall have to pay for stuffing him next (caption in left border of print, above a symbol of Paul Pry in the bottom left corner)
Credit line
Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1923, London: Board of Education, 1925.
Collection
Accession Number
E.98-1923

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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