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Object: The Three and the Deuse
Series: Political Sketches
No. 8. O'Connell, tall and bulky, his closed umbrella held against his shoulder, walks between Lawless (left) and Sheil, who folds his arms agressively, looking up at the leader. Each wears a hat, and is identified by an inscription above the title: 'The Great Agitator'; 'Honest Jack'. | 'The Hero of Ballybay'; 'The Little Agitator'. | 'The Hero of Penenden'. 1829
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Height: 417 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 292 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
An attempt by Lawless to hold a monster demonstration in Ballybay was defeated by Orangemen in 1828, cf. Nos. 15550, 15712. Sheil bought a small Kentish freehold in order to address the meeting on Penenden Heath, see No. 15658, but could not deliver his speech in face of the hostile crowd; this speech he had sent to the newspapers, where it appeared (25 Oct.). This is the subject of a parody by Thackeray in an Exeter newspaper. L. Melville, 'Thackeray', 1927, p. 45. The title is that of a popular interlude in which "the Three Singles" were all played by Robert Elliston (1827) who was in turn a collegian, a Frenchman, and a fool. 'Illustrative Key'; 'D.N.B.'
Redrawn with slight differences from a first version (coloured), 'The Catholic Triumvirate', in McLean's 'Collection', signed 'H. B', and 'Published by E. McLean, 14, St Martins Ct Leicester Sqr' (12 1/4 x 9 7/16 in. With border, 14 1/4 X 10 1/2 in).
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