|Published||J. H. delt & sculpt. 1816|
|Dimensions||Image and plate 215 x 338 mm, Sheet 295 x 437 mm|
A satirical depiction of the Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna of Russia's (Duchess of Oldenburgh) visit to Oxford. Inscribed below the image with 'Duchess of Oldenburgh' and the names of the three other members of the Russian contingent; 'Madams Aladensky & Volchousky', and 'Prince Gagarin'. The scene is described in the British Museum collection as featuring "A hugely broad and fat don at the head of a procession of senior, and very ugly, members of the University takes with his left hand the left hand of the 'Duchess of Oldenburgh' who is straight and thin, her head entirely concealed in a huge 'Oldenburgh bonnet', and wearing long hanging sleeves resembling those of the dons' gowns. Behind him (left) is a don holding a Bible. The duchess is followed by two hideous old women, broad and squat, 'Mesds Aladensky & Volochousky'. Behind them walks 'Prince Gagarin', hat in hand, very broad and tall, and heavily whiskered. In the middle distance is a crowd of slim undergraduates, some of whom throw their caps into the air, with a few ladies. Behind is the dome of the Radcliffe Camera with the towers and spires of Oxford."
Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna of Russia, (10 May 1788 – January 1819) was the fourth daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia and Princess Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. She became the Queen of Württemberg upon her marriage to her first cousin Crown Prince William who eventually became King William I of Württemberg in 1816.
The print is attributed to a John Hughes who is believed to be an amateur draughtsman and etcher, but it has also been suggested this print could be by Theodore Edward Hook.
BM Satires 12820
Condition: Repaired tear to bottom left margin, some surface dirt and minor creasing to sheet edges. Inscribed in pencil in bottom margin 'John Hughes fct Oriel Coll'.