A Reposo - temptation in the wilderness / [Williams].

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A Reposo - temptation in the wilderness / [Williams].
7 13/16 x 12 7/16 inches; with border: 9 1/4 x 13 inches
Peel 2042
Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.

A halt for refreshment in the Egyptian desert. The Princess of Wales (later Queen Caroline) sits on Bartolomeo Bergami's knee, her arm round his shoulder, while he caresses her lasciviously. They sit with their back to an ass which brays: "Oh Tempora!!" She is very décolletée and wears trousers, and a feathered cap. A large miniature of Bergami, dangles from her neck. A small boy, Willy Austin, stands staring at the pair, and blowing soap-bubbles. On the left, but disregarded, is an Egyptian man performing a dance with flexed knees; he holds up a crescent and a piece of drapery