The King

W.M. Thackeray

1855

Wood engraving, probably by William Linton

4½ x 2½ inches

Illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p.6.

The King in majesty, a mock-version of Charles II with a ludicrously over-large diamond on the pinnacle of his crown, an orb the size of a soccer ball, and an instructor’s cane for a mace.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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