Iohn Bull and the Baronet of Belsay.
Etching, 215 x 300mm. 8½ x 11¾". Slightly soiled; two faint horizontal creases through plate.
Sir Charles Monck (1779 - 1867) of Belsay Castle, Whig M.P. for Northumberland, in riding dress, hat in hand, bowing to John Bull. He says: 'I really thought Mr Bull after you had read my Essay on Reform you would have chosen me your Representative in Parliament but I still find you are determin'd to have none but who are friends to the whole Bill I have therefore no alternative but with-drawing my Pretensions on this Occasion'. John Bull, stout and elderly, in old-fashioned dress, leans with both hands on his stick; he answers: 'A Fig for your Essay on Reform, it is something like the Reform you intended the Lobsters, when you took them out of their own Element to Thrive better in your own Fish Pond, never ask me another favour I'm done with you for ever. Since 1820 Monck had drifted from the Whigs; at a County meeting at Morpeth on the eve of the Reform Act he opposed the freeholders' resolutions for the measure, publishing his reasons in a pamphlet, 'Address to the County of Northumberland on the Bills for the reform of the House of Commons'. After the passing of the Act he issued an election address, canvassing as "a genuine Reformer", but the Whigs refused to accept him (nominating Beaumont and Ord) and he withdrew, and thereafter he voted for Tories. From a set of South Northumberland election prints.
BM Satires: 17308.
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