Blind Mans Buff with the poor.There is none so Blind as him who will not see.
Pub Feb 12. 1830 by T.McLean 26 Haymarket - Sole Publishers of WH's etchings. [1834.]
Coloured etching. 260 x 370mm, 10¼ x 17½".
Wellington as Prime Minister, in civilian dress but wearing a military medal, stands with closed eyes, bending forward and extending his arms, surrounded by ragged and starving men and women. He says: 'I can't See you'. Some cry, 'Pray open your eyes'; others, 'have pity on us'. A woman seated on the ground, holding a child, extends a hand; a man holds out his hat for alms. This was an attack on Wellington for his Corn Law, which put punitive duty on imports, to protect English landowners but keeping the price of bread high despite food shortages. Despite many opponents (including Karl Marx) the Corn laws lasted until 1846.
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