Scene Painter and Property Man undertakes to keep some of the principal Suit's.
Pub Nov5 1829 by T McLean 26 Haymarket Sole Publishers of W Heaths Etchings.
Rare hand-coloured etching. 355 x 241mm (14 x 9½"). Cut, whole to lower left.
John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst, in his Chancellor's wig and gown, but as a sign painter (he was the son of the paintinter J.S. Copley, R.A.). In his left hand is the Purse of the Great Seal, transformed into a palette, with three small brushes; from the little finger dangles a key. On the wall behind him hang theatrical costumes. He stands between a carpenter's bench on which is a large 'Vice' tightly screwed up and the up-ended Woolsack, parts only of these properties being within the design. The 'costly suits' hanging on the wall may refer to the successful libel indictments he initiated against newspapers which alleged he had sold church appointments and trafficked in political offices.
BM Satires: 15902.
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