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Object: Curious sign of "The Times"
Series: Political Sketches
No. 734. A horse-drawn van lettered with 'Bribary Van.' on its side and 'V R' on its back, driven by a coachman towards right (John Arthur Roebuck), with a guard seated at the back (Sir Robert Peel). 23 June 1842
Lithograph, printed in fawn and black inks
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Height: 365 millimetres
Width: 276 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For preliminary drawing see verso of 1882,1209.534
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
Mr. Roebuck (See No. DCCXXXII) is driving a carriage similar to that in which the Criminals are daily conveyed from the Police-offices to the Prisons and Houses of Correction. It is supposed to be filled with those Members of the House of Commons who had been guilty of the crime of bribery at elections. The office of assistant to the Honorable Member for Bath, is conferred on Sir Robert Peel, in compliment to the assistance which he lent to Mr. Roebuck, in his prosecution of the object of exposing bribery. Sir Robert Peel's cordiality in this affair was considered not a little extraordinary, and, as the sketch calls it, a curious sign of the Times.
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