© National Portrait Gallery, London
York Commission Warehouse (Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson); Domenico Corri)
attributed to Charles Williams Click on the links below to find out more
coloured etching, published 1809
11 1/4 in. x 15 in. (286 mm x 381 mm) paper size
- Charles Williams (active 1797-1830), Etcher. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
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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