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Object: A criminal in custody.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 673. Three men walking in a procession in foreground from right to left, the one leading at left holding a staff in his right hand (Sir Augustus Clifford), the one at centre with his arms folded (Lord Cardigan), the one at right holding up a sword in his right hand (Mr Pulman); a group of spectators watching from the background (from left, Lords Anglesey and Londonderry, Duke of Wellington, Lord Winchelsea, unidentified man, Sir Robert Peel, Sir Henry Hardinge). 25 February 1841
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Height: 283 millimetres (approximately; top edge obscured by binding)
Width: 350 millimetres
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- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
The subject of the duel between the Earl of Cardigan and Captain Tuckett engaged a large share of public attention from the 12th September, 1840, when the duel was fought, till the trial and acquittal of his Lordship by the House of Lords in February, 1841. This sketch represents Lord Cardigan in the custody of Sir Augustus Clifford, the usher of the Black Rod, who walks before the Earl, and Mr. Pulman, the Deputy Usher, who brings up the rear.
The spectators of this awful procession are all persons who, at some period of their lives have either fought duels, or sent challenges. Beginning on the left-hand, there is the Marquess of Anglesea, holding his hat in his hand, and the Marquess of Londonderry, with his glass at his eye; the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea in conversation, standing between the Serjeant-at-arms, and Sir Robert Peel and Sir Henry Hardinge, between Lord Cardigan and the Deputy Usher. In such an assembly, H.B. very naturally inquires, in the language of the Sexton in Much ado about Nothing "Which be the Malefactor?"
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