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Object: The duel! That did not take place.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 159. Brougham (left), in wig and gown, and Londonderry, hat in hand, and wearing a nosegay, face each other. The former, with flexed knees, holds his pistol in his dropped right hand, the latter points his pistol vertically upwards. The seconds are Lord Holland and the Duke of Richmond (left) and Lord Aberdeen and Wellington (right); they listen to their principals: Londonderry: 'My Lord I am sorry for having given you this trouble'. B.: 'Don't mention it'. L.: 'I was to blame'. B.: 'Your Lordship is perfectly in the right'. L.: 'You applied language to me alike unbecoming for a Gentleman to use, or brook'. B.: 'But I amthe L—d C——of England'. L.: 'However I am exceedingly sorry for it, and beg your Lordship to accept my sincere apology'. Richmond: 'Spoken like a man! I move that his words be taken down'. Holland: 'And I second the motion "I protest" there is nothing like it on record'. Wellington, pursing his lips, 'Apologize! why I might as well have apologized to W—nc—Is—a!' [see BM Satires No. 15696, &c.]. Aberdeen echoes Apologize! Impossible! 5 October 1831
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Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 370 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)
See No. 16794. Richmond had moved that Londonderry's words (the virtual challenge) be taken down. Holland followed Wellington with a conciliatory speech on the Belgian question. No speech by Aberdeen is recorded.
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