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Object: Bombardment extraordinary. Or Achilles versus Punch.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 39. Heavy artillery is brought to bear on a flimsy Punch and Judy box, inscribed 'Editor's Box' (left), in which a fierce little puppet in Highland costume (Robert Alexander) defies his assailants, displaying a paper: 'No Surrender'. Scarlett, crouching on a gun-carriage, is the big gun; Wellington holds out a baton as if about to fire the touch-hole. Sugden (kneeling) pushes against the Attorney-General's heavy posterior, and is himself pushed forward by Brougham (right). Lyndhurst, threatening Alexander with the mace, stands by the Duke. In the foreground Lord Holland, with a gouty leg, flourishes one of his crutches against Wellington. There is a crowd of spectators: a thin elderly woman ("The Times", as in BM Satires No. 15677) displays a placard 'An Auful [sic] Warning', as if showing it to Holland. Behind and on the extreme right is a file of New Police (see BM Satires No. 15768, &c), dimly sketched, the end being Peel; these aim batons (resembling blunderbusses) at Alexander. On the extreme left boys and men, well-wishers to "Punch" scamper off. One, in back view, is the Duke of Cumberland (the supposed hidden hand behind at least one of the libels on Wellington, cf. BM Satires No. 15774), another, with a drum on his shoulder, is Eldon. 20 January 1830
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Height: 282 millimetres
Width: 383 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A satire on the libel actions (on ex-officio Informations filed by Scarlett) against the ultra-Tory 'Morning Journal', one at the instance of Lyndhurst (cf. No. 15821), the others ordered by Wellington, see No. 15910, &c. The Attorney- and Solicitor-General were supported by Brougham and three other Counsel. See Brougham, 'Memoirs', 1871, iii. 18 f. 'The Times', while expressing contempt for the libels, strongly disapproved 'arraying such enormous power for the punishment of such insects . . ." (leader, 26 Dec. 1829).
Pencil drawing, the background figures differ, and there are other variations from the lithograph. Binyon, ii. 49.
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