The Cunning Men. They have raised a Devil they cannot Iay again.
Pub by S Gans Southampton St Strand Feb 26th__1831.
Rare hand-coloured lithograph. 260 x 344mm (10¼ x 13½"). Trimmed, staining middle right.
Grey and Althorp, wearing cloaks, are within a circle edged by a low parapet of large books, spine upwards, each inscribed 'Law', and protected by a frieze of bayonets. They have made a small fire, producing clouds of smoke in which are burning two documents: 'Non Intervention' and 'Retrenchment'. Grey stands aghast, arms and wand extended, facing a huge winged Devil who leans towards him from the clouds, extending talons and holding a pitchfork. He wears a cap of Liberty with a tricolour cockade; a placard inscribed 'Reform' in large letters is spiked on his horns while 'Revolution' is inscribed on his forehead. Althorp, who is hooded, crouches to throw coins into the fire, an allusion to his budget; he holds a large purse.
BM Satires: 16584.
[Ref: 30588] £180.00