John Fairburn (publisher Fl.1793 -1832 ). A King-fisher. George Iv. Etching 1826 For Sale
Publisher: John Fairburn (fl.1793 -1832). Artist? Not known to Seller
Description George IV sits on a small stone among tall bulrushes at the water's edge in profile to the left, fishing, his rod being a sceptre. Leaning forward, he looks anxiously at his tautening line. On his head is poised a small but massive crown, a creel hangs at his back; he wears quasi-military dress, white gauntlet gloves, and breeches with jack-boots (cf. BM Satires 14220). In the foreground, looking up at him, is a kingfisher. In the background, at the water's edge, is a small thatched peasant's cottage behind which is Windsor Castle, on its wooded hill, flying the Royal Standard (cottage and castle being mere symbols). Below the title is a circular garter inscribed Honi. Soit. Qui. Mal. Y. Pense. May 1826 Hand-coloured etching
Curator's comments (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952) One of the King's occupations was fishing in Virginia Water, on the edge of which he built a Chinese fishing temple. All but his intimates were rigorously excluded, and the prints do the magnificence of the temple less than justice. Creevey notes, 11 Sept. 1825, 'The King is fishing in a punt upon Virginia Water'; and (25 Aug. 1826) writes of 'the King Fisher'. Gore, Creevey's Life and Times, 1934, p. 229. For the Cottage (the Royal Lodge) see No. 12747. See also Nos. 13893, 13960, 15127, 15137, 15147, 15410, 15413.
Size of Sheet:34 x 26 cms. approx.
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John Fairburn (publisher Fl.1793 -1832 ). A King-fisher. George Iv. Etching 1826: $390