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Object: Bringing up "our bill"
Series: Political Sketches
No. 157. Brougham (left), about to receive the Reform Bill from Russell, stands benignly behind the Table in the Lords, holding up the Purse of the Great Seal. Close behind the latter are Althorp and Lord Chandos; the latter looks slyly out of the corner of his eye with a covert smile at Croker, who holds his cuff, and smiles slyly back. Between them is Wetherell. A dense crowd follows, and individuals are indicated behind the leaders. Beside Russell walks the Deputy Usher of the Black Rod, in a court suit. He looks back to say: 'Order, Gentlemen of the House of Commons'. A voice on the extreme right echoes 'Order, Order!' Behind Brougham on the extreme right are three heads: Cumberland (the only man wearing a hat), Ellenborough, and Wellington. On the Chancellor's left is a group of four charming ladies, who watch the Commons intently. Below the title:
'"Ah! but some of these were not there" says the fastidious Critic,
No! replies HB, but they ought to have been there'. 28 September 1831
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Height: 274 millimetres
Width: 395 millimetres
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- With eye-shaped blindstamp at bottom left, lettered with 'Subscribers copy' and HB's monogram at centre
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The Bill was brought to the Lords by Russell and Althorp, on 22 Sept., accompanied not, as usual, by a few members, but by over a hundred "of the most resolute supporters of the Bill". It was received with ceremony by the Chancellor. Many strangers were present. 'The Times', 23 Sept. Croker, Wetherell, and Chandos, the leading opponents of the Bill in the Commons, were of course not there.
Reproduced, Trevelyan, 'William IV', pl. xxii.
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