The Don-Key Turn'd MayorOr an Ass in the Chair.
Lithograph, sheet 360 x 255mm. 14¼ x 10".
An ass with the head of Sir John Key (1794 – 1858), Lord Mayor of London, sits erect in an arm-chair, hind legs on a stool, forelegs extended towards a horse prancing towards him over a table. The horse represents Sir Claudius Stephen Hunter (1775 – 1851), a former Lord Mayor, and it looks at Key with startled eye and open mouth. The King and Duke of Wellington’s visit to Guildhall for the Lord Mayor’s Day dinner on 9th November was abandoned on Key’s advice; he feared riots and the Duke’s assassination. He and his colleagues were widely lampooned as a result.
BM Satires: 16307.
[Ref: 17875] £130.00