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Object: Votaries at the altar of Discord
Series: Political Sketches
No. 122. Hunt (right), in classical draperies, presides over the Altar of 'Discord', extending both arms over the altar flame. Tories (left) kneel or bow in obeisance. In front of the others is Peel, the spokesman, with right arm raised, left hand on his breast; he kneels, declaiming: 'Powerful Goddess deign to hear our prayers, deserted in this our great extremity by justice and wisdom, we fly to thee as a last refuge!—' The three behind him are Twiss, the most prominent of the "Votaries", with clasped hands and sinister stare, Goulburn, and George Dawson, Peel's brother-in-law. The next three, striding forward (left to right), are Sadler, Sugden, and Wetherell. More aloof, but bending with clasped hands, are the peers: Wellington, Carnarvon, and Newcastle. 20 April 1831
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Height: 278 millimetres
Width: 385 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
See No. 16636, &c. On 19 Apr. the Government was defeated in Committee by eight votes, but Hunt voted for the Bill (as he had done for the Second Reading on 22 Mar.). See lists, 'Parl. Deb.', 3rd s. iii. 807, 1691.
Reproduced, Trevelyan, 'William IV', pl. xv.
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