Burkeing the Constitution of E-g-d!!!!!
Rare hand-coloued etching. 315 x 230mm, (12½ x 9"). Trimmed. Laid on album sheet.
Robert Peel and Wellington are depicted as murderers William Hare and William Burke smothering the allegorical figure of the British Constitution who lies upon a wooden bed. A Catholic priest linked arm-in-arm with a devil can be seen through a window. Burke and Hare commited several murders in Edinburgh in 1828 by smothering their victims, it is from their actions that the verb 'burking' came into use. The English constitution established in 1688 after the glorious Revolution and the overthrow of James II, had ended any chance of Catholicism being re-established in England, however, the introduction of the Catholic emancipation by Wellington is seen as destoying this.
BM Satire: 15709. For William Heath's version of this scene see ref: 37267.
[Ref: 37283] £180.00