The Abstruse Joke,_A Scene off Terceira.
[London Pub.d by McLean. Sep. 1829.]
Hand-coloured lithograph. 267 x 400mm (10½ x 15¾"). Trimmed, crease.
Satire attacking Wellington's policy of strict neutrality in the Portuguese civil war. Miguel, who had become King of Portugal earlier in the year, was blockading Terceira (which refused to recognize the sovereignty of Miguel), and Wellington was criticised for not intervening. In this scene on deck of a man-of-war Miguel (on the left) stands nonchalantly reading correspondence, brushing aside George IV (dressed as an admiral). On the right John Bull (dressed as a pugnacious sailor) is restrained by Wellington and Aberdeen.
BM Satires: 15855.
[Ref: 30580] £160.00