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York Commission Warehouse (Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson); Domenico Corri)

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York Commission Warehouse (Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson); Domenico Corri), attributed to Charles Williams, published 1809 - NPG D1371 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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York Commission Warehouse (Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson); Domenico Corri)

attributed to Charles Williams
coloured etching, published 1809
11 1/4 in. x 15 in. (286 mm x 381 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D1371

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  • Charles Williams (active 1797-1830), Etcher. Artist associated with 8 portraits.

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Published shortly after Colonel Wardle had exposed the army commissions scandal in the House of Commons, this satire shows Mrs Clarke with a price list for the sale of commissions. On the right is her intermediary, Domenico Corri, a music master; above him hangs upside down the Duke of York's portrait. The Duke was accused of making promotions on Mrs Clarke's recommendation and he was obliged to step down as Commander-in-Chief.

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