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Object: A cure for a broken head.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 587. A man seated in an armchair at right, looking unwell (Lord Normanby), nursed a man dressed as a woman, holding his head (Daniel O'Connell); behind her, a man standing with a worried expression (Thomas Spring Rice); a man covering his eyes, leaning on the back of the armchair at far right (Lord Morpeth); a man approaching from left, holding a pair of scissors (Richard Lalor Shiel); a man standing at centre left, cutting a plaster lettered with 'Majority 22' (Lord Russell), and another man standing next to him, pointing at the invalid with his left hand (Lord Melbourne). 1 May 1839
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Height: 261 millimetres (approximately)
Width: 368 millimetres
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- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
This sketch is a further illustration of the subject of DLXXXV. The broken head is the vote of the House of Lords to appoint a committee to inquire into the state of Ireland, the vice-royalty of which the Marquess of Normanby had just quitted; the cure which Lord John Russell is about to apply in the form of a plaister, is the resolution of the House of Commons, which was carried by a majority of 22. The countenance of Mr. O'Connell, as the nurse, expresses more indignation at the assault than pity for the assaulted. Lord Morpeth, leaning over the back of the chair in a melo-dramatic attitude of affliction, has his own peculiar grounds for taking the affair more to heart than the rest, his relative position towards the stricken Marquess being so very near. Even Lord Monteagle (almost hidden by the redundant person of the nurse,) evinces some alarm at the severity of the blow. Lord Melbourne, introducing the doctor (Lord John Russell), looks as if he thought the matter serious, and the doctor seems to have his doubts if the nostrum will be as efficacious as could be wished. Mr. Shiel, in his Greenwich Hospital coat, presents a larger pair of shears, perhaps under the belief that a larger plaister will be wanted.
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