[Sir R. Peel as a Knight.]36. [in ink]
London Pub.d by Tho.s Mc.Lean, 26 Haymarket Jan.y 1.st 1830.
Fine coloured lithograph. 392 x 272mm (15½ x 10¾").
Satire favourable to Sir Robert Peel, depicting him as a knight braving the virulent campaign against him waged by the ultra-Tories in the Press. He walks, right hand extended as if feeling his way through darkness, towards the distant and irradiated temple of 'Fame', and holding a shield on which are the Peel arms: a bee (unrecognizable) and sheaves of arrows; the motto is 'Fortiter pro Patria', not the family motto "Industria". He is obstructed by an ass with clerical bands, ridden by a malignant cleric. From the sky dim malevolent faces and hissing geese look towards him. Behind, lit by the flames of Hell, are fantastic flying demons, one with a paper inscribed 'Standard', another, pen in hand, astride a paper, 'Morning Journal'.
BM Satires: 15990; for the 'Morning Journal' see ref. 30637.
[Ref: 30667] £110.00