‘George IV: A Life in Caricature’ and ‘George III: A Life in Caricature’ (2 Volumes)


ISBN: 9780500251270 and 9780500251409
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Lord Kenneth Baker of Dorking
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2005 and 2007
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Total Pages: 224 + 224
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated

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Kenneth Baker’s George IV: A Life in Caricature’ and ‘George III: A Life in Caricature’

George IV: A Life in Caricature (2005): George IV was larger than life. A gambler and a drunkard, he married a widow older than himself, illegally and in secret, dabbled in the politics of opposition and amassed fantastic levels of debt. His legitimate union with Caroline of Brunswick ended in an acrimonious and lengthy divorce; all the while mistress followed mistress, each one seemingly fatter and greedier than the last. He was a gift to cartoonists, but had the misfortune to live during the golden age of their art. The merciless lampoons of Gillray and the Cruikshanks, drawn mainly from Kenneth Baker’s unique collection, make many of today’s cartoons seem almost respectful. Kenneth Baker draws on a lifetime’s experience of high politics to scrutinize the changing figure of George, setting his extraordinary life in the context of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Peterloo Massacre, Wellington, Pitt and Fox, providing a skilful and thoroughly enjoyable understanding of the period’s most colourful character. Condition: very good.

George III: A Life in Caricature (2007): George III enjoyed one of the longest reigns (1760–1820) in English history, but his reputation fluctuated throughout the sixty years, and its ups and downs were charted with unprecedented candour and wit by some of the great caricaturists. Here, Kenneth Baker draws on his own extensive experience of high politics as well as his personal collection of caricatures to give us a fascinating vision of how the English saw their king. Many of these amusing, often irreverent images have not been published before and they provide a new dimension to the story of one of the nation’s most well known but least understood monarchs. Condition: very good


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