GEORGE III, PRINCE OF WALES, WILLIAM PITT
A pearlware loving cup and cover, c.1789, the U-shaped bowl printed in dark blue with named portrait ovals of George III, Queen Charlotte, the Prince of Wales and William Pitt, between scattered flower sprays, the interior with a sailing vessel, with decorative border lined and decorated in tones of brown, raised on a low circular foot, a small chip to the cover, 19.8cm high. (2)
This is likely to commemorate the Regency Crisis, which evolved after the King declared Parliament prorogued from 25th September until 20th November 1788. During this time his mental health deteriorated and he was unable to deliver a speech at the impending state opening, rendering Parliament unable to proceed to any business. In the ensuing debate Charles James Fox argued that the Prince of Wales was automatically entitled to exercise sovereignty, whilst Prime Minister William Pitt conversely argued that, in the absence of any statute, the right to choose a Regent belonged to Parliament alone. In the interests of government, a compromise was reached, the constitutional detail fudged and the Lord Chancellor instructed to affix the great seal without the King's consent. Parliament opened on 3rd February 1789 with the Regency Bill being introduced but the King recovered before it could be passed.
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