Coalition.HB Sketches No.367.
Published by T. McLean, 26, Haymarket, 19.th Jan.y 1835.
Hand-coloured lithograph. 285 x 420mm (11¼ x 16½").
William IV as shepherd, watching over two sheepdogs (Sir Robert Peel to right, the Duke of Wellington to left). In the foreground Lord Spencer (as a sheep) engages in conversation with a wolf approaching from left (Daniel O'Connell), with Lord Russell (anothe sheep) in between. Behind, three more sheep watch the scene (Lords Melbourne, Durham and Grey), with another wolf to far left (Joseph Hume). 'The fable of the wolves proposing to the sheep to merge their own trifling differences, for the purpose of making common war upon the watch-dogs, is universally known, and its application to the coalition between the Whigs and Radicals is, in some respects, sufficiently happy; but the fable either relates or implies, that the dogs being subdued, the destruction of the sheep followed next; whereas, in the political history, the sheep have out-witted the wolves, and having made use of them to get the upper hand of the dogs, still contrive, by making common cause with the dogs, to keep the wolves at bay.'
BM Satires: undescribed.
[Ref: 30638] £70.00