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Object: An illustration of "The Complete Angler!"
Series: Political Sketches
No. 598. An angler standing on a riverbank at right (Henry Warburton), fishing; at left, in the water, a fish with a man's face, avoiding biting the bait (Lord Russell); at left, two men standing arm-in-arm on the opposite bank, commenting on the situation (Sir Robert Peel, Duke of Wellington). 24 June 1839
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Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 394 millimetres
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- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
Soon after the return of the Melbourne Ministry to office, following their short resignation upon the Jamaica Bill, and while they were scarcely secure in their places, Mr. Warburton, the member for Bridport, made a very earnest and energetic appeal to the Ministers in general, and to Lord John Russell in particular, to say something in order to rouse the dormant spirits of the Radical electors; to make, at least, a shew of a desire to concede some portion of what they were known to desire, such as the ballot, the abolition of the tax-paying clause in the Reform Act, shorter parliaments, or so forth. "For here we go on," said he, "supporting you against your rivals, the Tories, though you yield us nothing in return; and what sort of an account can we give to our constituents, while we play such an unprofitable game?" In this manner did the Honourable Member endeavour to hook the Minister into a pledge of something; but Lord John Russell was not to be caught. He knew well enough that the Radicals had no choice - that they must support him, and could not help themselves; that, between them and the Tories, there was no more possibility of coalition than between the hounds and the foxes; and that, as a party, they had no existence, every one being himself a party, or, to speak more properly, an original. In the basket of the Honourable Member are three or four fishes (simple gudgeons) that he has succeeded in hooking, but the one for which he is now plying his rod with all the skill of which he is master, is no gudgeon, but a wary old Jack, who will not bite. The Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel stand looking on.
The circumstance which gives a sharper point to this sketch is, that Mr. Warburton is most devotedly fond of that branch of the piscatorial art which has been wittily described as "a stick and a string," &c. &c, and he is known to spend all his leisure in the enjoyment of the Waltonian sport.
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