The York Magician Transforming a Foot-Boy to a Captain

Thomas Rowlandson British
Publisher Thomas Tegg British
Subject Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany British

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The Duke of York stands at left dressed as a magician, in a fur cap and long gown holds out a wand inscribed "Petticoat Influence." A young man dressed as an officer, stands beneath the wand, while smoke or clouds rise from his feet. The Duke says: "By the Mystery of my Art, no more be a Foot-boy—but rise a Captain". The young man says: "Bless me how soon a foot-boy is turned to a Gentleman."

This state has the order of the Magician star on the Duke's coat. For a state without the star, see 59.533.1304.

The York Magician Transforming a Foot-Boy to a Captain, Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching

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