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        The Polish Plumb Cake, c.1772

        Lodge, John (fl.1782-d.1796). English. Medium: engraving. Date: 18th Century. The partition of Poland happened three times during the 18th Century, in 1772, 1793 and 1795; picture possibly refers to the debates around the first division of Poland in 1772; picture shows the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1732-98), Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (1747-92), Catherine II, Empress of Russia (1729-96), Frederick William II of Prussia (1744-97) and Louis XV of France (1710-74); 'Thy Kingdom Stanislus is non stake, to four such stomachs 'tis a mere plumb-cake'; Provenance: Private Collection.


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