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Object: Bird catching extraordinary!
Series: Political Sketches
No. 490. A man at right, holding a top hat in his left hand and salt in his right hand (Lord Russell), running towards a fence at left, under a tree, trying to catch birds, with men's faces: a jackdaw standing on the tree at centre left (Joseph Hume), a sparrow, standing on the fence (John Arthur Roebuck), and a magpie, standing on a branch at far left (Thomas Wakley). 1 July 1837
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Height: 251 millimetres
Width: 339 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For preliminary drawing see 1882,1209.415.
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
The point of this sketch is sufficiently obvious. Lord John Russell, as the Ministerial Leader of the House of Commons, is endeavouring to catch some of the flighty Radicals, by the infallible process of putting salt upon their tails, in allusion to certain hints given by his Lordship of intended measures to propitiate this class of politicians. The magpie is intended for Mr. Wakley, member for Finsbury; the cock-sparrow, facetiously crowned with a hat, for Mr. Roebuck, member for Bath; and the jackdaw for Mr. Joseph Hume, then member for Middlesex.
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