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Bulging caricatures sale at Bloomsbury

18 November 2013Written by ATG Reporter

Bloomsbury Auctions enjoyed stellar success with their single-owner sale of caricatures, costume and sporting prints, including this image of the king’s mistress.

'Prima Donna' caricatures George IV's last mistress, the overweight Lady Conyngham, in Theatrical Characters, a rare suite of ten coloured etchings by William Heath that mocks the King, his mistress, ministers, etc. It sold on November 7 at £4800.

Bid to £7000 on the same £600-800 estimate was a second set of just six Heath plates on the same theme, Household Servants. In original cream wrappers, this too was dated to 1829.

A full report on these Golden Age productions appears this week in ATG's Antiquarian Books section.

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