Court gossops

1. Engraving: Court gossops (London, 1732).

Oblong folio, anonymous satirical broadside; 360 x 250 mm (14 x 12 ½ inches).

Lady Vane was Maid of Honour to Queen Caroline, and mistress of Frederick, Prince of Wales. On 4 June 1732 she gave birth to a son, whose paternity was the subject of much speculation and comment.

Topical satires like this engraving simultaneously communicated fresh scandal, and depended on a pre-existing knowledge of the scandal, in order to make sense. Displayed in print-shop windows across London, a viewer would need to know at least some of ‘the dirt’ on Anne Vane in order to understand the satire.

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