Pub Sign Study The Queens Larder Queen Square London
May 21, 2019 1:03pm CST
This is quite a funny looking sign, but it is based on a fascinating real story. The sign depicts a queen, still in her crown, opening a larder cupboard door to find there is no food left, much to the disappointment of the watching dog. This is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme of Old Mother Hubbard finding a bare cupboard and not even a bone for the dog. Now the reality behind the sign. In 1788, King George iii of Britain succumbed to the strongest of several periodic bouts of apparent insanity, now attributed to the physical illness Porphyry. He was treated by a Doctor called Francis Willis, at his house in Queen Square. The Queen, Charlotte, rented what is now the pub as a food store for the time they stayed with Willis. The events featured in the Alan Bennett play and movie, The Madness Of King George, starring Nigel Hawthorne (as the King) and Ian Holm as Willis. Helen Mirren played Queen Charlotte. Arthur Chappell
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• Preston, England
@xander6464 The idea of going to the Doctor's house was to get the King away from the busy court but the more people found out where he was the busier the house got too and more people needed feeding and getting supplies in would be slowed down, etc - Given royal food would be exotic tastes like pheasant, grouse, quail, etc just getting in the kind of stuff we menials eat would be anathema to them. Oh no, we are out of caviar and lobster thermadore again....