Great Eclipse of 1836.Seen through a Cloud, shortly before it reached its greatest obscuration.
Published by T. Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket, May 18th. 1836.
Lithograph with 'Subscribers Copy' blindstamp. Printed area 250 x 310mm, 9¾ x 12¼". Tears in margins.
William Lamb (1779-1848), 2nd Viscount Melbourne and Prime Minister in 1834 and 1835-41, depicted as the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon of the Hon. George Chapple Norton. During his second term as Prime Minister, Norton sued him for alleged adultery with his wife, the novelist and social reformer Caroline Norton. After a nine-day trial Melbourne was aquitted but the scandal brought the goverment to the brink of collapse.
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