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Object: The rival newsmongers
Series: Political Sketches
No. 447. A horse-drawn coach lettered with 'Union' on the back, standing in a street at a building lettered with 'Elephant'; three men seated on top (John Bull representing England, a man dressed in tartan clothes representing Scotland, and a man wearing a bad hat representing Ireland); man at far left, looking after one of the horses (Lord John Russell); next to him, a man, probably the driver of the coach, walking towards front (Lord Melbourne); a man in front, holding up a paper in his right hand (Lord Londonderry), next to a man looking into the window of the coach (Sir Roger Gresley); at right, two men holding papers under their left arms (Daniel O'Connell, and John Arthur Roebuck); behind them at far right, a man walking away towards right (Joseph Hume). 26 July 1836
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Height: 277 millimetres (approximately)
Width: 349 millimetres
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- Identifications are taken from the "Illustrative Key ..." of 1841, but 'A Key to the Political Sketches of H.B. Nos. 401-500' (undated) identifies the person second from right as Daniel Whittle Harvey rather than John Arthur Roebuck.
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
The advocates of the repeal of the Stamp Duty on newspapers contended that the mere diminution of the price of the papers, and consequent increase of the extent over which such knowledge as they contained would he spread, were not the only results that would follow upon the measure, but that an entirely new description of papers would be called into existence, and the public released from the mental bondage in which they were unhappily held by the great capitalists, to whom the leading journals of the day belonged. Why these wonderful prophecies were never fulfilled, it is not our business to inquire; suffice it to say, they never were. But that such things were anticipated by certain persons of more enthusiasm than common sense, this sketch will remain a testimonial. The principal men of all parties are here represented, each as endeavouring to force the sale of his own paper. The scene is the Elephant and Castle, and the Union Coach is indicated no less by the name painted on the back than by the three outside passengers; - John Bull full of beef, beer, and good-nature, Sawney in his bonnet and plaid, and Paddy, in a very bad hat, listening to the voice of Mr. O'Connell. Close to Mr. O'Connell is Mr. Roebuck, and behind him Mr. Hume. The Don Whiskerandos, who looks into the coach-window, is Sir Roger Gresley; and he who holds up his paper to John Bull, is the Marquess of Londonderry. Lord Melbourne appears as the driver of the coach, and Lord John Russell as the hostler.
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