"The Coronation of the Empress of the Nairs"
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
September 1, 1812
Foldout, hand-colored etching
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: The Scourge; or Monthly Expositor, of Imposture and Folly. Vol IV.
From the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin.