The Dog In The Manger.
Lithograph, sheet 410 x 320mm. 16¼ x 10½". Repaired tears from extremities, one just into image from above. Light soiling.
A political satire. The 'dog', here dressed as a cleric, is probably intended to represent Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784 – 1865), Prime Minister at the time of publication. He is depicted preaching a sermon at Exeter Hall on the north side of The Strand, London. The hall could hold about 3,000 people, and was used for holding religious and philanthropic meetings. The Dog in the Manger is a fable attributed to Aesop, concerning a dog who one afternoon lay down to sleep in the manger. On being awoken, he ferociously kept the cattle in the farm from eating the hay on which he chose to sleep, even though he was unable to eat it himself, leading an ox to mutter the moral of the fable: "People often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves".
[Ref: 9742] £190.00