Goody-Two-Shoes turned Barber. or Colonial Conciliation.
Published by Tho.s Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket June 28.th 1832.
Lithograph. 305 x 444mm (12 x 17½"). Creased, soiling.
Negro slaves are being shaved by Goderich, fitted with shoes by Howick, and threatened by an overseer. A Negro with lathered chin sits full-face on a stool tightly swathed in a sheet, while Goderich holds him by the nose and flourishes a razor. The overseer, who dominates the design, stands in back view, legs apart, brandishing a scourge towards two deprecating Negroes. Before him is a sack inscribed 'Al. Thorp Northampton', and filled to overflowing with clumsy shoes. On the right Howick sits on a Negro's lap, gripping his leg and forcing on a shoe with a shoe-horn. The Negro registers distress. On the extreme right a newly-shod Negro hobbles off painfully. Behind is a palm-tree. This appears to be an attack on the pending measure of emancipation, demanded by public opinion and the Abolitionists, which was to be a leading issue at the general election, when the country was placarded with the Abolitionists' bill: "Am I not a man and a brother." Goderich, Colonial Secretary, was under the influence of Howick his Under-Secretary: both were in favour of immediate emancipation. When Goderich was removed from the Colonial Office on account of opposition (said to be Brougham's) to the Bill which he had in preparation, Howick resigned.
BM Satires: 17158.
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