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Object: Start for the Great Westminster trial stakes!
Series: Political Sketches
No. 671. A scene involving two racehorses with men's heads and their riders; a jockey (Lord Granville Somerset) riding the horse at left (Lord Stanley), lead by a groom (James Emmerson Tennent); another jockey (Lord Russell) riding the horse at right (Lord Morpeth), as a man standing with his back turned in foreground at far right (Daniel O'Connell) cracks his whip; a man standing at far left with his hands in the pockets of his coat (Lord Bentinck). 11 February 1841
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Height: 282 millimetres (approximately; top edge partly obscured by binding)
Width: 390 millimetres
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- For preliminary drawings see verso of 1882,1209.493
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
In the explanation of sketches No. DCXLIV and DCXLVII, it will be seen how the Bills brought in respectively by Lords Stanley and Morpeth, relative to the registration of Votes in Ireland, were given up in the Session of 1840. The Session of 1841 commenced with the renewal of both these Bills, and the present sketch represents the start for a race between these two noble authors and movers. Lord Stanley, ridden by Lord Granville Somerset (who seconded the motion of the noble Lord for leave to bring in the Bill) and waited on by Mr. Emmerson Tennent as groom, appears to be so eager for the contest that his jockey is pulling him in: while Lord Morpeth, ridden by Lord John Russell, requires a touch of the lash from his trainer Mr. O'Connell. The spectator on the left with his hands thrust indifferently into his pockets, is Lord George Bentinck.
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