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Object: A scene for a Christmas pantomime.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 513. A young man dressed in a uniform, standing at left (Daniel Whittle Harvey), whipping a whipping-top, with the face of a crying man, placed on a piece of paper on the floor, lettered with 'Pension List'; a man dressed as a clown (Lord Brougham), standing at right with his left hand in his trouser pocket, watching bemused. 10 January 1838
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Height: 267 millimetres
Width: 389 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
This sketch relates to the repeated motions of Mr. D. Whittle Harvey, the Member for Southwark, for a committee to revise the Pension List, which motions it generally fell to the lot of Mr. Spring Rice, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, either to resist or evade.
No young gentleman, just released from school, ever whipped his top with more glee and perseverance than did Mr. Whittle Harvey lash away at this subject; nor did any top ever spin with more vivacity, while the whipping was kept up, or lie down with more indifference during the intervals, than did the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whose face is sketched in such lachrymose touches on the surface of the top. Lord Brougham is well represented as that universal lover of fun and mischief, the clown of a Christmas Pantomime, for he never appeared to be a hater of pensions, in particular, or a personal foe to Mr. Spring Rice, and therefore his enjoyment may be supposed to arise from an inordinate love of sport in the abstract.
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