A Naughty Boy Turn'd out of School.
Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket. [n.d. c. May 1828].
Handcoloured etching. Sheet: 245 x 350mm, (9¾ x 13¾"). Trimmed to printed boarder. Laid on card. Damage to lower left corner.
Satire on the departure from Wellington's cabinet of William Huskisson, represented here as a schoolboy in a fool's cap kneeling before a closed door placarded 'Wellington House Academy'. Huskisson, who had entertained hopes of becoming prime minister before the position was offered to Wellington, voted against the government over the East Retford Bill and subsequently offered to resign 'as a matter of form, not substance' (DNB). Wellington, however, took him at his word and seized the opportunity to rid himself of an uncomfortable colleague. As a result Huskisson's friends Dudley, Palmerston and Grant, along with the Irish Secretary Lamb all resigned (their names are written on a slate next to Huskisson in the print), a situation described by the Duke as a 'mutiny'.
BM Satires: 15532.
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