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na. "Temperance enjoying a frugal meal". A satirical print by James Gillray

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na. "Temperance enjoying a frugal meal". A satirical print by James Gillray

"Temperance enjoying a frugal meal". A satirical print by James Gillray dated 28 July 1792. King George III and his wife Queen Charlotte eating one of their famously frugal meals

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18th Century Drawing Enjoying King George Iii Monarch Monarchy Royal Royalty Satire Satirical 1792 James Gillray Queen Charlotte Temperance


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Temperance Enjoying a Frugal Meal - A Satirical Glimpse into the Royal Dining Habits of King George III and Queen Charlotte in 18th Century England

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In this print by James Gillray, dating back to 1792, we are transported to a time when monarchy reigned supreme in England. The illustration offers a satirical take on the frugality that characterized the dining experiences of King George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte. As we peer into their regal world, we witness an amusing scene unfold before our eyes. Seated at an elegantly adorned table, the royal couple partakes in one of their famously modest meals. Despite being monarchs with access to opulent feasts, they embrace temperance and simplicity. Gillray's artistic prowess shines through as he captures every detail with precision. The engraving showcases intricate patterns on fine china plates while highlighting the vibrant colors adorning their attire – a true testament to his skill. This historical gem invites us to reflect upon the idiosyncrasies of royalty during that era. It serves as both entertainment and social commentary, shedding light on how even those at the pinnacle of power were not immune from societal expectations surrounding thriftiness. Ken Welsh's expertly preserved vintage print allows us to delve into history's archives and immerse ourselves in this fascinating period. Let it serve as a reminder that even amidst grandeur and extravagance, there is value in embracing simplicity and moderation – lessons that transcend time itself.

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