The Fight At St. Stephens Academy.
Pen and ink drawing, sheet 255 x 195mm. 10 x 7¾". Horizontal crease through centre, tearing at right.
A political satire, perhaps an original sketch for a periodical such as St Stephen's Review or Punch. The mss. caption below the title refers to 'Master Gladstone', and William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 1898), future Prime Minister, appears to be the figure standing and putting on a jacket to left. His Tory adversary Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804 - 1881), Prime Minister and novelist, blows his nose to the right. Between them, with her back to the viewer, is a woman with a shawl and very large bonnet inscribed 'Standard'.
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