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Object: Political Harmonics
Series: Political Sketches
No. 23. Below the title: 'A New Variation for the "Soldier Tired" [of War's alarms] as performed by Monsieur Villanton, First Fiddle to the King— with a Piano Accompaniment arranged to the Air "Home! Sweet Home!"' Peel sits on a music-stool at an upright piano (left), smiling over his shoulder at Wellington, who plays the violin (as he had in fact done as a young man), in profile to the left, his music on a tall stand. The Duke wears the unusual dress for him of frock-coat with knee-breeches. Goulburn (Chancellor of the Exchequer) turns over Peel's music. On the right is a curtained French-window, through which Cumberland and Eldon, both top-hatted, peer into the room. 1829
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Height: 417 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 292 millimetres (sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The pair of intriguers, see No. 15843, &c, hope to discover signs of an intention on Wellington's part to resign. For Arne's famous song in 'Artaxerxes' cf. No. 15500.
Pencil drawing with the addition (outside the window) of the Duke of Richmond, and with a pen study of Wellington's head (9½ x 11¾ in.). Also a red chalk outline, as lithographed. A slight study is on the reverse of the sketch for No. 15849 and also on that for No. 15927. Binyon, ii. 46, 47.
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