Young Rapid

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Young Rapid
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K O C ?
Young Rapid
London, Marianne Humphrey c. 1824
Lithograph, annotated in pencil in a contemporary hand
Original hand-colouring
A curiosity. No other caricatures bearing the imprint of ‘Marianne Humphrey, 24 St. James’s Street’ have been traced, and neither has any other work by an artist signing himself ‘K O C’. George Humphrey, nephew and heir of Hannah Humphrey, publisher of Gillray’s caricatures, took on the additional premises of 24 St. James’s Street (Miss Humphrey’s shop was at no. 27), in 1823. He seems to have continued to publish from these premises until 1826-7. Marianne Humphrey may have been his wife or daughter. After Humphrey’s death in 1835 his widow attempted to carry on the business for a few months, but she was unsuccessful and the entire stock, including 20,000 caricatures, Gillray’s original drawings, sketches, drawing box and engraving tools, and even the shop fittings were sold at auction. The caricature shows a young, fashionably dressed man, depicted in profile, riding a spirited bay horse to the left. Beneath the image a contemporary hand has added in pencil Castlereagh. If the young man is indeed Viscount Castlereagh, he can only be Frederick William Robert Stewart (1805-1872), eldest son of the soldier and diplomat Charles William Stewart (later Vane Tempest), 3rd Marquis of Londonderry, heir and half brother of the statesman Lord Castlereagh 2nd Marquis of Londonderry, who had committed suicide in 1822. Not in BM Cat.