Auction Extraordinary.HB Sketches No. 522.
Publsihed by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, 23rd Feb.y 1838.
Hand coloured lithograph. 'HB Subscribers Copy' blind stamp in lower left corner. Sheet size: 385 x 285mm (15╝ x 11╝"). Tipped into backing sheet.
A scene inside an auction room, with the auctioneer (George Robins) standing behind a pulpit, auctioning objects listed to the left in an advertisement. The dishes to be auctioned are carried around by two men in the foreground, and examined by a man standing in to the left (Lord Brougham), and two men at the right (Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel). Two men standing in the background (Thomas Spring Rice, Lord Russell) are watching the scene. The scene makes reference to Lord Melbourne who was 'a guest at the dinner-table of Her Majesty, and when she was at Windsor, he lived almost wholly at the Castle. The desolate state of his own home was the subject of frequent remark in the daily papers, and furnished occasion for a good deal of pleasantry', from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841.
[Ref: 36584] £160.00