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"Take back the Irish Potatoes", Ireland, the Prince of Wales, Etching (1789)
Barataria (1789) Original Etching. This satirical etching references the Irish offer to the Prince of an unrestricted Regency Ireland was called Barataria (Sancho Panza's province) in 'Baratariana', 'Baratariana: A Select Collection of Fugitive Political Pieces'. Etching, published 11th March 1789 by Thos Cornell, Bruton Street, London, James Sayers (1748-1823), printmaker. etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 30 x 35 cm., title etched below image.Etching on yellow-toned paper, condition: very good. 'BARATARIA' The Prince of Wales is seated in a magnificent dining-hall before a bare table. The Duke of Leinster (right) offers him across the table a dish of 'Potatoes from Leinster'; the Prince extends his arms to take them, but turns his head to look at the forbidding Thurlow, dressed as a doctor, who stands (left) on his right. Thurlow points authoritatively to the potatoes with the head of his cane, saying, "Take back the Irish Potatoes". The Prince says with a peevish expression: "If I must not have the roast Beef [the English Regency] let me have ye Potatoes Doctor I have paid for them". On the extreme right, behind Leinster, Sheridan, with a melancholy expression, tries to take a dish containing a sirloin from a beefeater, who says, "This belongs to my Master Sir." In the foreground (left) Weltje (cf. BMSat 7509), dressed as a cook, stands looking at the Prince, his hands clasped in dismay, saying, "By Got now we sail not heb our Desert". Two colonnades of pillars recede in perspective behind the Prince; on the plinth of one is a relief of Tantalus vainly trying t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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