Iohn Bull asking a few questions of Orator Mum - Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two) Shakespeare.
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where Political and other Caricatures are daily Published the largest collection in England. [n.d. c.February 1829.]
Hand-coloured etching with large margins. Plate 260 x 369mm (10¼ x 14½").
Satire probably published between the King's Speech on 5 Feb, and the introduction of the Catholic Relief Bill on 5 March. Wellington, on the right, refuses to answer John Bull's questions about the Catholics and the 'little Queen' (Mary II of Portugal). He had concealed his intention to bring in Emancipation till a day or two before the opening of Parliament, thus aggravating Tory resentment. Furthermore, when the question of British relations with Portugal was raised in the Lords and in the Commons, a request for papers was refused, reinforcing allegations that the Government was favouring the usurpation of Don Miguel under cover of the preservation of neutrality.
BM Satires: 15659.
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