The new master of the crown inn discharging Betty the head chambermaid

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The new master of the crown inn discharging Betty the head chambermaid
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Henry Heath

The new master of the crown inn discharging Betty the head chambermaid

London, S W Fores 1830

Etching

Original hand colouring

250 x 350 mm

£160

William IV (left), plainly dressed in top-hat, tail-coat, and trousers, points sternly at Lady Conyngham who walks to the right, carrying under each arm a treasure-chest crammed with plate and jewels, and in each hand a bursting money-bag, one inscribed '£1000' [reversed]; the other, which is bigger, is 'Perquisites'. She wears a plain black décolletée dress, but is much bejewelled. The King: 'Come come be off, You got the length of your Old Master's foot to a fine purpose, but you do'nt stay here any longer, nor any of yr Crew, & I think your Boxe's ought to be seached [sic], for they are much fuller than when you first came to the Inn—& I have taken to it Stock & Block, so shoot a head Mrs Betty'. She looks back to say: 'I am sure I attended to my duty [altered to] interest night and day, to be sure I had a very good Place, of it—I've nothing here, but, Gifts—Presents, Perquisites—Places,—Pensions— Allowances, — Sinecures —Appointments—&c &c &c, for myself and family, I'm sure we do'nt want to go'. Her husband (right) walks with her, slightly in front, and looking back out of the corners of his eyes. Bent and shambling, he carries a big sack on his shoulder, and a corded box on a porter's knot on his head. BM 16178