A Sketch of the Row in Parliment Street.
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where political & other Caricatures are dail Publishing. [n.d., c.1829.]
Handcoloured etching. Plate: 370 x 260mm, (14½ x 10¼"). Very large margins.
A pugilistic encounter between two old market-women who are John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838) and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769 - 1852). Eldon has a basket of oranges (emblem of the Orange Lodges) beside him, and wears a flat wide-brimmed hat. Wellington wears a soldier's coat over his skirt and apron. Each has a bottle-holder; that of Eldon is John Bull, a stout yokel who puts his hand on his principal's bulging posterior, saying, 'Welldone-—old Mother Baggs—you have got the best bottom after all. see what it is to have a good Constitution—give it her—she has'ent got the Mounshears to deal with now.' Wellington's supporter is a bare-legged Irish ragamuffin with a pipe thrust in his little hat who says 'Murder ye ould cat kape your fists Tight—or you'I let the Ould Orange-Woman bate ye clane.' In the background is a freely sketched crowd of spectators, one of whom represents Robert Peel. Possibly a satire on the 4 April 1827 Lords debate on the second reading of the Catholic Relief Bill, in which Wellington accused Eldon of having thrown "a large paving-stone instead of ... a small pebble". By William Heath (1794/5 - 1840), ex-Captain of Dragoons, illustrator of colour-plate books, and prolific caricaturist. From 1827-9 he used the pseudonym Paul Pry (from the name of a character in a comedy of 1825 by John Poole, that became a tag used for any very inquisitive person) with the emblem of a small man holding a walking stick in a lower corner of his plates, as seen here.
BM Satires: 15721.
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