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- Object: The funeral of Tory-principle.
Below the title: Dutifully Dedicated to the Holy Alliance. A procession of mourners, wearing cloaks, and (with four exceptions) in top-hats with mourning scarves, follows a mute (left) holding up a staff. They walk two-and-two, the leaders being Eldon, with a handkerchief to his eye (cf. BM Satires 15380), and Wellington. Next come Bathurst and Peel, followed by Melville (in Scots cap and tartan trousers), and Westmorland (in top-boots). Londonderry, in the uniform of the Tenth Hussars, walks with an unidentified companion; next walk (?) Bexley and Goulburn who squints violently. The man on the extreme right is almost hidden. There is a background of weeping-willows, and (left) a tombstone with skull and cross-bones, inscribed Memento Mori and Requiescat in pace. c. April 1827
Hand-coloured aquatint and etching
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Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 371 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
For the resignations see No. 15371, &c. By an attempt to 'force the closet' (cf. No. 15374) the Tories had abandoned their principles. For Londonderry cf. No. 15391 . Goulburn was Chief Secretary for Ireland. For the Holy Alliance cf. No. 14113. Cf. No. 15382. One of many funeral processions of disappointed politicians, cf. No. 11905, &c.
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