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How to get Un-married, - Ay, there's the Rub!

2 of 4 portraits of Isabella Anne Seymour-Conway (née Ingram), Marchioness of Hertford

How to get Un-married, - Ay, there's the Rub!, by J.L. Marks, published 1820 - NPG D1386 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

How to get Un-married, - Ay, there's the Rub!

by J.L. Marks
coloured etching, published 1820
10 1/4 in. x 15 3/8 in. (261 mm x 390 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D1386


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  • J.L. Marks (active 1814-1832). Artist of 1 portrait.

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George IV's attempt to divorce Queen Caroline following her return to England in June 1820 provoked a flood of hostile caricatures. Here the King and Queen are tied by the 'Matrimonial knot'. On the left stand Justice and Henry Brougham, the brilliant young Whig lawyer who represented her case. One the right Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary, tugs at Lady Conyngham, the King's former mistress, whose arms are round Lord Castlereagh, the Foreign Secretary.