How to mock 18th century nobility – The Gardener’s Calendar

All Things Georgian

83981001 The Caricaturers Stock in Trade Courtesy of the British Museum

‘A garden is a world and every tree and flower are men and women’

The Georgian newspapers loved nothing more than mocking the aristocracy, never more so than in this article we stumbled across in The Morning Herald, January 1781, entitled ‘Vegetable Kit-Cats’, otherwise known as ‘The Gardener’s Calendar’ which attributed trees and flowers to some of the great and the not so good of the day so we thought it would be fun to follow suit.

Firstly of course we have His Majesty, King George III  – The Royal Oak

studio of Allan Ramsay, oil on canvas, (1761-1762) King George III, studio of Allan Ramsay, oil on canvas, (1761-1762) Courtesy of NPG

Tate; (c) Tate; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation The Oak tree, by Joseph Farrington Courtesy of Tate; (c) Tate; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Closely followed by The Queena Crown Imperial

studio of Allan Ramsay, oil on canvas, (1762) studio of Allan Ramsay, oil on canvas, (1762) Courtesy…

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