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
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