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Object: "Following the leader".
Series: Political Sketches
No. 176.Below the title: 'A new political Game'. Althorp and Stanley stand together (left), confronting a group of vociferous Irish M.P.'s, whose chief spokesman, Leader, says with an emphatic gesture: 'As I am an honest man Ireland is fairly entitled to 161 Members, consequently instead of 5 we ought to get 61 new Members'. Sheil, standing beside him, says: 'I perfectly concur in the sentiments of our Honble Leader'. Behind these two are Goulburn and Croker. The latter: 'In common consistancy, you are bound to give Us more members (Goulbourn this is delightful)' [In small script to indicate an aside.] Goulburn: 'Thats right keep it up)' [In small script to indicate an aside.] 'More members I say, More members for Ireland—you can't refuse Us.' From two faintly indicated heads come the words: 'Give us more members: particularly for Mayo.—It is the only way of putting down the Agitators, and I demand 32 additional members for Ireland'. A speaker behind Croker (right): 'Ireland ought at least to have an increase of 17 members'. A profile on the extreme right: 'I contend for an addition to the Irish representation particularly for the County of Mayo'. Althorp: 'If you will only have the goodness to say, Gentn what number will satisfy you all, I promise to comply with your wishes (I think I may say that with safety)'. [In small script to indicate an aside.] Stanley, holding his glass to his eye: 'Backed by Such Authorities (hem!) Gentn your arguments demand especial notice'. 25 January 1832
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Height: 281 millimetres
Width: 391 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 debate on the Reform Bill for Ireland on 19 Jan., moved by Stanley. He was answered by Leader, M.P. for Kilkenny, who, basing his demand on statistics of population, acreage, &c., claimed 161 members for Ireland. Sheil, M.P. for Louth, spoke on inconsistencies constituting injustice to Ireland. Croker (M.P. for Dublin University 1827-30) said "by their own principles, Ministers were bound to go the length proposed by those . . . who demanded a much greater increase in the Irish Representation . . .". Goulburn (Chief Sec. for Ireland 1821-7) supported him. James Grattan, M.P. for Wicklowshire, said that Ireland should have sixteen or seventeen additional members. The speaker on the extreme right is Sir John Burke (M.P. for Galway) who agreed with Leader, and stressed the under-representation of Galway and Mayo. 'Parl. Deb.', 3rd s. ix. 595-632. Cf. No. 17154.
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