Published by Thos McLean, 26, Haymarket Aug.t 8.th 1832.
Coloured lithograph. 306 x 445mm (12 x 17½"). Foxing and staining.
A fun scientific image. Brougham sits, paint-brush in hand, his right eye looking through a magnifying-glass fixed before a slide on which are insects. On a large drawing-board propped on his table is the Magnified View of the ' "Cimex lectularius" (Common Bug)', and beside it the insect 'Natural size'. The enlarged bug, as drawn by Brougham, has the head of Sugden, in a barrister's wig, which is turned in profile to gaze apprehensively at the artist. On the table is a completed drawing of a gnat-like insect with a barrister's head; other drawings are on the floor: a grasshopper wearing a bishop's wig and mitre; a caterpillar and butterfly, each with a human head (the latter, with horn-like antennae, resembles Ellenborough). Under the large table are drawers for specimens, and behind Brougham is a glass case of big butterflies.
BM Satires: 17224.
[Ref: 30634] £260.00