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Object: A graceful specimen of the retort courteous.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 148. Scene after the opening of new London Bridge by the King and Queen. A barge lies at the foot of a wooden gangway with steps (right) leading to the water. In the barge are seated the Duke of Wellington and Lord Eldon; the Duke of Cumberland and Lord Londonderry are standing. On the steps stand two Whigs, the Duke of Devonshire (the Lord Chamberlain) with the Duke of Sussex behind him. Cumberland to Devonshire: 'My Lord Duke, you have come to the wrong barge—all here are against you'. Devonshire, his right arm flung out, pointing to the dense crowds on the bridge in the background, answers: 'Well if all here, are against me,—all these are against you'. The river between barge and bridge appears to be covered with standing figures evidently in barges; there are many flags. 12 August 1831
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Height: 281 millimetres
Width: 367 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The notables went to the bridge on 1 Aug. in a procession, Cumberland and Sussex being with other royal persons, and returned by barge. 'The Times', 2 Aug.; Hobhouse, 'Recollections', iv. 125-7; the incident is said to have occurred. 'Illustrative Key', i. 94. A Reform Bill satire, on which, as often, Wellington is associated with the ultra-Tories. See No. 16733.
Reproduced, Trevelyan, 'William IV', pl. xxi.
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