Twelfth Cake at St. Annes Hill!!



[003584] [Caricature]. Drawing for Twelfth Cake at St. Annes Hill!!. ill. Starcke, Carl after Cruikshank, Isaac. Weimar: London Und Paris Magazine, Reprint. 12mo (Oblong). Unbound. Caricature. Good. Hand coloured engraved caricature, approximately 220mm x 165mm in size, n.d. c.1799.

Trimmed closely, light creasing from original folds, a few spots of light foxing, otherwise fairly bright and clean.

Caricature by Cruikshank, originally published in January 1799 by S.W. Fores, this was reproduced by Carl Starcke for the London und Paris magazine, which appeared eight times a year in octavo between 1798 and 1815, with each issue consisting of three parts, opening with articles from London, then Paris and a third, satirical, part comprising English and French political caricatures (See Deuling, Aesthetics and Politics in the Journal London und Paris (1798-1815)┬áin Oergel (Ed), (Re-) Writing the Radical – Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Germany, Britain and France, pages 102-118).

The caricature shows Charles James Fox and his guests inspecting the tickets they have drawn from a bonnet-rouge full of papers which lies on the corner of the table opposite Sheridan. Fox’s ticket makes him ‘perpetual dictator’, Sheridan ‘First Lord of the Treasury’, Moira ‘The Irish Hoaxter’ and the Duke of Bedford as ‘Collector of the Taxes’; M.A. Taylor in a bonnet-rouge, again characterised as being very small, has a ticket ‘Go to roost’, which satirises his earlier declaration that he was “young – but a chicken in the profession” (law), which stuck with him for life