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Object: A wild goose chase between two yellows and two
Series: Political Sketches
No. 310. A carriage driven by two horses passing along a road in foreground at high speed, from right towards left, following a sign 'To Hitchin.'; one of the horses is driven by a man seated on its back; profile of a man (Lord Denman) can be seen inside the carriage lettered 'Anna Brody Hertford' on its side; in the distance to left there is another sign 'To Barnet.', and a similar carriage is driven by a rider from left towards right; the silhouette of a man wearing a top hat can be seen inside the carriage (Lord Brougham). 27 March 1834
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Height: 267 millimetres
Width: 382 millimetres
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- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
H.B. was strongly invited to the subject of this sketch by the 'John Bull' newspaper of the 16th March, 1834, in which the story of the chace is thus told:-
"It struck the Lord-Chancellor, why nobody can tell, that the Lord-Chief-Justice's advice was wanted upon some particular point, and accordingly his Lordship sends off a particular express to the Chief-Justice, who was trying causes at Bedford, begging him to meet his Lordship at eight o'clock on Sunday morning, at Hitchin.
"Sir Thomas Denman, too much fluttered and flattered by such an invitation, punctual as the clock, takes a hack chaise, and proceeds incog, to the place of rendezvous.
"Punctual to his appointment, Lord Brougham mounts his little double dog-cart, with a shifting head, and starts for Hitchin. His Lordship reaches Barnet in his little cruelty van, where he, like the learned Lord-Chief-Justice, takes a yellow and two to fulfil his engagement.
"See how small incidents disturb great events! The Chancellor forgot that there were two roads to Bedford, and in consequence of omitting to give specific directions, was driven, not to Hitchin, but to Ampthill; of course, Denman was not there. In the mean time, Denman arrives at Hitchin, where, of course, Brougham could not be.
"In this dilemma, the Lord-Chancellor pursued his road to Bedford. There he found, constant to his allegiance, that the Lord-Chief-Justice was gone. Nothing was now to be done, but to order another yellow and two, and hunt the Lord-Chief-Justice on the Hitchin road. Away went the Chancellor, but when he reached Hitchin he found that the Lord-Chief-Justice, thinking that the Chancellor might have stopped to bait, had started for Barnet to meet him. Away went the Chancellor in his third yellow and two, and at Barnet caught the Lord-Chief-Justice."
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