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Dido in Despair

Satirical Print
3 April 1821 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Caricature of Queen Caroline leaping from a bed, tearing her hair with rage, surrounded by assorted objects including an elaborately decorated cake, a piece of beef, and models of a pair of stays and a pair of breeches.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleDido in Despair (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
hand-coloured etching
Brief description
Theodore Lane. 'Dido in Despair'. Caricature of Queen Caroline. Published London, 3 April 1821
Physical description
Caricature of Queen Caroline leaping from a bed, tearing her hair with rage, surrounded by assorted objects including an elaborately decorated cake, a piece of beef, and models of a pair of stays and a pair of breeches.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.875in
  • Width: 8.875in
Marks and inscriptions
Ah! where, and ah where, does my gallant Courier lie, For me does he oft on his downy pillow sigh, I left him on the Continent, to claim my half-a-Crown. And I wish to my heart, I could have him here in Town.
Object history
This caricature is a parody of a 1801 caricature by Gillray depicting Lady Hamilton.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1943, London: HMSO, 1956.
  • British Museum, Catalogue of Politicial and Personal Satires [c.1320-1832] London, 1870-1954.
Collection
Accession number
E.524-1943

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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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