The Mountain in Labour_or Much ado about nothing.
Pub.d by Tho.s McLean, 26 Haymarket, March 2 1829.
Fine hand-coloured etching. Platemark: 245 x 340mm (9¾ x 13½"); large margins.
Satire on the imminent 'birth' of the Catholic Emancipation Bill, published just days before the Bill was introduced/delivered. At the centre of the image are Wellington (holding 'Ministerial Forceps'), Peel (with a bottle of medicine), and an old woman, as doctor-accoucheur, apothecary, and nurse. The nurse sits with a copy of The Times, which had urged concessions to the Catholics and was styled 'the hireling of Popery' by opponents of the Bill. Three winds of 'Faction' blow from above, issuing from the heads of Eldon (chief opponent of Emancipation), Winchelsea (included in reference to his extravagant speches) and a third. Figures around the edges include two frenzied bishops, two non-Anglican ministers (of which one is evidently Irving), O'Connell in wig and gown stood addressing a band of his followers, and Cumberland top right, in hussar uniform.
BM Satires: 15677.
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