A Chelsea Pensioner.
Published by Tho.s McLean, 26, Haymarket. Printed by Graf & Soret.
Lithograph, artist's initials on bottom of tree; printed area 250 x 300mm (9¾ x 11¾") large margins.
The Duke of Wellington as an old soldier, sitting dejected on a bench with a copy of The Times on the ground prominently in front of him. Political satire published at the time of Wellington's resignation from the office of prime minister (which he had held since 1828) in November 1830. The Times had generally supported Wellington's ministry throughout its many difficulties. However, following Wellington's declaration, in the debate on the king's speech at the beginning of November, that the constitution needed no improvement and that he would resist any measure of parliamentary reform as long as he was in office, the paper called for his resignation. In the words of Wellington's DNB entry: 'The duke himself was probably not sorry to go. For three years he had been playing a role for which he was not suited either by temperament or training, and the strain was beginning to tell. It was a final irony that his own political limitations brought about the end of the parliamentary system of which he had made himself the champion.' Lithograph by unidentified printmaker, in the style of the popular satirist 'H.B.' (John Doyle, 1797-1868).
BM Satires 16360
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