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To the Editor:—
The caricature published on the cover of the Nov 29 issue (1965) likewise portrayed George IV, after he had ascended the throne. It was originally entitled All the World's a Stage,— And One Man in his time plays many parts etc. The artist is believed to have been W. Heath; the publisher was S. W. Fores of London. The portraits on the wall behind the King illustrate phases of his past life, beginning as a slim young archer and ending as an obese figure in coronation robes and Highland costume. The wine bottle on the table next to the monarch may have contained port, as the caption on your cover suggests, but it is recorded that he preferred claret and madeira.The regent and his gout became the butt, not only of the caricaturists, but of many of the poets and essayists of the period, including Byron,
Rodnan GP. Additional George IV and The Journal. JAMA. 1966;196(1):107. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140161058