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Reid 4829. A satirical pamphlet entitled: ‘The Collective Wisdom; or Sights and sketches in the chapel of St Stephen containing a bird’s eye view, with characters and cuts of John Cam Hobhouse, Peter Moore and Richard Martin, Esqrs. M.P.’s[sic]’
Lettered beneath the title:
'The cuts by Cruikshank, the descriptions by a Member of the Upper Benches. /
1. The illustration on the title-page (BM Satires 14671. Reid 3278) represents a view of the House of Commons seen from the Press Gallery, facing the Speaker. One of the Opposition is speaking; the side-galleries are empty; the candles are lit.
‘London: printed for Knight and Lacey, Paternoster Row, and sold by all booksellers. / MDCCCXXIV. / [Price one shilling and sixpence.]'; on verso: 'London: Shackell and Arrowsmith, Johnson's-Court, Fleet-Street.'
2. Vignette illustration to chapter 2. ‘John Cam Hobhouse, Esq.’ BM Satires 14672.P. 26.
Hobhouse addresses a Westminster crowd from the hustings against Covent Garden Church, saying, 'Citizens I am Fathers Son'. The hustings are cracking as if about to disintegrate, and Hobhouse is held up by the much taller Burdett, his fellow member for Westminster. H.L. figures of the crowd are the base of the design, with 'Place' on the extreme 1., holding a paper: 'Plu8' [or 'Plug'], The crowd 'Huzza'. The corner of a stand for spectators is on the extreme 1. Hobhouse is described as a demagogue, 'nothing to us and very little to the country', likely to end his days as Tory or even placeman. 'To us it is nothing whether he correct proofs for Lord Byron, or cut measures for Francis Place' (p. 30). For Hobhouse and Place see BM Satires No. 13207. He took office (1832, &c.) and from advanced Radical became conservative Whig: his father, a Reformer in 1797, accepted office under the Tory Addington.
3. Vignette illustration to chapter 3. Peter Moore, Esq. M.P. BM Satires 14673. P. 37. A corner of the House of Commons. Moore, wearing a flat broad-brimmed hat, is carried on the shoulders of Coventry weavers towards the Speaker, to whom he holds out a placard: '...Petitioners shall ever Weave'. He says: 'Coventry is the barometer of the World'. The Speaker calls: 'Order Order Order'. Moore, M.P. for Coventry (an advanced Whig), is said to regard only the prosperity of the ribbon weavers there.
4. Vignette illustration to chapter 4. Richard Martin, Esq. M.P. BM Satires 14674. P.47
A scene in the cattle-market, 'Smithfield'. Martin, bestriding an ass which has collapsed under him, tries to wrest a spiked bludgeon from an angry and formidable drover. A dog barks 'Bow! wow wow'. Below:
"While Canning, Robinson and Wallace,
And Huskisson, so cold and callous,
Break the old fetters of trafficking,—
While Peel gives me the other licking,
While Sir James [Mackintosh] spins his long orations,
While Brougham expounds the law of nations,—
I'll heed nor Adam Smith nor Vattel,
But be the patron saint of cattle;
I'LL see the brutes of England righted."
For Martin see No. 14798, &c. He has 'in this country at least, left nothing that can be done for two-legged existences . . .', p. 49.
A letterpress pamphlet with wood engraved illustrations
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Height: 218 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 136 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment based on M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Bound together in a volume of 9 pamphlets entitled 'Tracts Illustrated by G. Cruikshank. 1816-1857.' 184.f.10. The pamphlets have been acquired from various sources.Cohn states: "Four woodcuts either by George or Robert Cruikshank." In my copy two of the cuts are autographed by George as being the work of Robert Cruikshank."
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