"The Coronation of the Empress of the Nairs"

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Creator

G. Cruikshank

Title

"The Coronation of the Empress of the Nairs"

Publisher

Printed by W. N. Jones, Green Arbor Court, Old Bailey; for M. Jones, 5 Newgate Street; and sold by J. Johnson, Cheapside, and Goddard Pall Mall

Date

September 1, 1812

Coverage

London

Subject

Foldout, hand-colored etching

Description

The etching depicts the Prince of Wales (now Regent) assisting in the bath of Lady Hertford, his mistress. The Nairs, groups of Hindi castes that practiced polygamy and hypergamy (marrying above your caste), were referred to in a recently published romance by J.H. Lawrence. The cuckolded Lord Hertford stands behind the statue with the stigmatizing antlers.

Source

Source: The Scourge; or Monthly Expositor, of Imposture and Folly. Vol IV.

Relation

From the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin.