The Man Wot Drives the Sovereign.
Pub April 1829 by T. McLean 26 Haymarket.
Hand-coloured etching on watermarked 'J. Whatman 1828' paper. Sheet size: 345 x 235mm (13½ x 9¼"). Trimmed.
Wellington stands in profile to the right, with his gloved left hand touching the broad brim of his hat. He is dressed as the driver of a mail-coach, holding his whip and a paper resembling the 'Gazette', headed 'Bill', representing the Catholic Relief Act of 1829. The Act was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout Britain, drawing support from the Duke of Wellington, as well as from the Whigs and liberal Tories.
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