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Object: Steering between Scylla and Charybdis.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 685. At sea, two men in a small boat at centre, one standing at the sail, steering (Charles Wood), the other seated, rowing (Lord Howick), navigating nervously between rocks at left, lettered with 'Whig Radicalism', with men's faces (Lords Russell and Morpeth, Daniel O'Connell), representing Scylla, and a whirlpool at right, lettered with 'Conservativism', with a man's face (Sir Robert Peel), representing Charybdis; at top right, wind with a man's face (Earl Grey), representing Aeolus, blowing the boat. 19 May 1841
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Height: 284 millimetres (approximately; top edge obscured by binding)
Width: 390 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For preliminary drawing see 1882,1209.500
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
This is another view of the separation of Lord Howick and Mr. Chas. Wood from the ministerial party; the former is steering, while the latter trims the sails of a very small skiff, which they are endeavouring to guide safely along a middle course between the rocks of Whig-Radicalism on one side, and the whirpool of Conservatism on the other. The head of the venerable Earl Grey, like that of Æolus, appears in the clouds, lending them a favourable wind. The Whig-Radical rocks are marked with the countenances of Lord Morpeth and Mr. O'Connell, and the whirpool presents a likeness of the Conservative champion, Sir Robert Peel.
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