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- Object: Persecutions of the saints-Anniversary 22nd June 1820.
Two designs.  Scene outside the Queen's house (left) in Portman Street. Four men in court-dress hurry across the street from the door assailed by the mob. In front is Wilberforce (right) holding a 'Petition to the Queen'; he exclaims "Oh! Dear! Saints never were so served before." From the other three (Stuart-Wortley, Bankes, and Sir T. Acland) ascend the words "These are aw-full times as the Scot's man said" [ ? the 'Scotsman', a conspicuously Queenite paper]. In the foreground (left) a man, saying "There he goes Dr Cantwell," and a boy spit copiously at them. The crowd: "Hiss! hiss"; "No Cantwell"; "out out"; "Spit on 'em." Brougham stands in the doorway; Denman behind him; he says "What quantities of rabbid saline!!" The Queen stands on a balcony, the base of which is 'a Good Foundation—(ie) Innocence—'. She says "No Tricks, you faithful representitaves [sic] of the people."  A corner of the House of Commons with the Speaker (Manners-Sutton) in the Chair (right), calling "Order! Order!" Beside the table and on the Speaker's right a member stands shouting "Privilege! Privilege." Behind is a group of members, freely sketched. One man looks down from the gallery.
3 July 1820.
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Height: 245 millimetres
Width: 167 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
On 22 June Wilberforce moved a resolution for a compromise by a private settlement, with concessions to the Queen; this was carried (almost by accident according to Brougham) and he with three other M.P.'s presented it on 24 June to the Queen, who rejected it. The mob were abusive and called Wilberforce 'Dr Cantwell'. The design  follows the description in 'The Times' of 26 June. 'Life of Wilberforce', 1839, v. 54 ff.; 'Diary of Henry Hobhouse', 1947, p. 28; Lady C. Lindsay's Journal, in Miss Berry's 'Journal', 1866, iii. 243 f.; Arnould, 'Memoirs of Lord Denman', 1873, i. 156-9; Greville, 'Memoirs', 1938 i. 97, 99. See Nos. 13760, 13764, 13780, 13781, 13789, 13830. The prolonged debate on 22 June is depicted in  but no such incident is recorded in Hansard.
The complete plate (unknown to exist) was discovered after the description of  was in print under 'Anniversary . . .'.
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