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His Majesty's Public Entry into the City of Dublin on the 17th of August 1821
London: Hurst, Robinson, & Co. Cheapside, & Colnaghi & Co. Cockspur Street & in Dublin by R. Milliken, Grafton Street & Allan & Sons, Dame Street, 1823. Colour printed aquatint highlighted in gum arabic. Printed on wove paper. In excellent condition with the exception of being trimmed just on the platemark on top and side margins. Tape residue of verso of sheet. Skillfully mended tear in center of image. Mended tear in top section of image. Image size:15 x 23 5/8 inches. A charming aquatint depicting George IV's entrance into Dublin on his coronation tour. Born into a family of talented artists, the painter, engraver, and publisher Robert Havell worked in his family's London-based engraving firm for several years with his father, the topographical and architectural engraver and publisher, Daniel Havell, and his cousin, the painter William Havell. With his son, he later established a successful business on Oxford Street that produced a number of illustrations for various travel and topographical publications as well as several series of topographical and architectural aquatint engravings including "Picturesque Views on the River Thames" (1812) and "Views of the Public Buildings and Bridges in London and its Environs" (1820-1). The father-son partnership lasted until 1828, at which time Robert Jr. emigrated to America. George IV's coronation took place in Westminster Abbey in 1821 and will always be remembered for the scandalous attempt of the King's disgraced Queen to force her way into the ceremony, from which she had been barred, and be crowned. The King's discomfort was permanently relieved that August, when she died. Immediately after her death, George IV began a Royal tour, starting in Ireland; where he landed at Dunleary, a port which lies at the southern extremity of Dublin bay, whence he traveled by land to Dublin. In honor of the visit, Dunleary was immediately renamed Kingstown. This beautiful print is one of a number of aquatints executed by the Havells that depicts George IV's coronation tour. George IV is shown amidst an excited crowd who clamour for a view of the new King. This rare print is a fine example of the Havells superior work. Dictionary of National Biography.
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