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To the Editor:—
In the caption to the caricature reproduced on the cover of The Journal for Feb 7, the statement is made that "The explanation for the combination of British gentlemen with oriental servants and surroundings is no longer known." There is no date visible on the aquatint, but unless I am mistaken the explanation is this:On the saddle on the horse can be seen the words "Ich Dien." This means "I serve" and is the motto of the Prince of Wales. The gentleman mounting the horse has three feathers on his hat and these are also part of the insignia of the Prince of Wales. There was one Prince of Wales who had a liking for oriental surroundings and was responsible for the construction of the Pavilion at Brighton which is completely oriental in appearance.This particular Prince of Wales became George IV in 1820, but was
George the IVth of England and George Cruikshank (also of England). JAMA. 1966;196(1):107. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140161057