[Northumberland election duel (Untitled).]
Etching, 225 x 320mm. 9 x 12½". Waterstain to right side of plate; full margins.
The duellists are John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham (1792 – 1840) and Thomas Wentworth Beaumont (1792 - 1848), who had made a personal attack upon Lambton in a speech during the Northumberland election. Each turns to speak to his second, smoke curling round their heads. Beaumont (left) stands aggressively, saying to a naval officer: I'll sacrifice a Pig rather than make any concession. His second, Captain Plunkett: By the powers, that was near a finisher for you my dear boy! never mind, if any thing should happen, its snug lying in the Abbey, give him another Pepper-corn or two just by way of encouraging the lead trade. The other second, General Sir H. G. Grey, Howick's uncle, stands with legs astride, flourishing a pistol; he says to Lambton: We have done all that the laws of honor require, & in order to save a return of Kill'd & Wounded, we will send in a Flag of Truce, & put an end to hostilities. Lambton bows deprecatingly, saying, I'm perfectly Satisfied if my honor is preserv'd. The scene takes place on the Northumberland sea-shore, with Bamborough castle in the distance to left. On paper watermarked 1823. From a set of satirical prints concerning electioneering in South Northumberland in 1826. see ref:13629,13685.
BM Satires: 15142.
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