A Head for the Cabinet.'Yet something may remain perchance to chime, With reason, and whats stranger still with rhyme, Even this thy genius CANNING may permit, Who, bred a statesman, still was born a wit [...]'.
Pub,d April 1827 by S. Knights Sweetings alley Royal Echange.
Hand coloured etching. Sheet size: 230 x 340mm (9 x 13¼"). Trimmed inside plate. False margins.
John Bull as George IV stands on a rock in the sea inscribed 'Constitution', on which is a cylindrical pedestal with a life like bust of George Canning. The pedestal is inscribed, 'England. Ireland. Scotland. East-Indies - West-Indies. Africa - America. The Church. Lords, Commons. Army. Navy.' The King has a big gold key in his right hand, he puts his left arm protectingly behind the bust, holding up a torch whose flames are inscribed 'Vox Rex Vox Populi'. In his pocket is a bundle of papers docketed 'The Pilot that weathered the Storm'. Several figures, including Wellington, struggle in the water below.
BM Satires 15372.
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