A Change in the Head of Affairs.
London, Published by Tho.s Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket. [n.d. c. January 1828.]
Hand-coloured etching. Plate 260 x 373mm (10¼ x 14¾"). Slight crease. Cut to platemark.
Satire on the change of Ministry which followed Goderich's resignation, after which the Duke of Wellington was summoned to Windsor by George IV and commissioned to form an administration. Here the King, depicted with a huge gouty foot, hands a wig to Wellington, who declares 'Happy I am to see the Whig discarded- I'll try and Administer something that shall fit your M_ better'. Goderich had been unable to hold together the fragile coalition of Tories and Whigs assembled by his predecessor, Canning, and resigned after only 144 days in office (which was still longer than Canning had managed!)
BM Satires: 15498.
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