His Majesty King Valoroso
W. M. Thackeray
Wood engraving, probably by William Linton
7.5 cm high by 3.9 cm wide (3 ⅛ by 1 ½ inches), vignetted
Seventeenth illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p. 321.
Thackeray shows a much changed, sickly-looking monarch who, despite his thinness, is but a shadow of his former, vigorous self seen in "Little lion was my brudder". several pages earlier. Descriptive headlines: "Much I Fear when Hearts are Ill, Small's the Good of Doctor's Pill" (320-21).
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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