The Unter, wot would have taken the lead if he could.[Above the design:] Locum Tenens The celebrated Hunter to be rode by Sir Clod A.S.S [Claudius], The Property of Gill [Guild] Hall.
Very fine hand coloured lithograph, very scarce, sheet 380 x 280mm. 15 x 11".
Satire on an unidentified City of London alderman: a man with an ass's head rides a rearing horse, a baton held out in his right hand in the manner of an equestrian statue. He wears a cocked hat and furred alderman's gown over court dress. His head is turned to the right, and he smokes a cigar. The Latin phrase locum tenens (literally 'place-holder') refers to a person who temporarily fulfils the duties of another.
BM Satires: 16312.
[Ref: 16143] £280.00