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Object: Caius Marius sitting amidst the ruins of Carthage.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 745. A man in the character of Caius Marius (Lord Russell), seated on ruins lettered with political terms, in a contemplative pose; at top right, ruins of a temple on top of a hill. November 1842
Lithograph, printed in fawn and black inks
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Height: 280 millimetres (approximately; top edge obscured by binding)
Width: 396 millimetres
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- For preliminary drawing see verso of 1882,1209.726
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
The points of humour in the present sketch, like valuable relics of antiquity, must be dug out from the ruins and rubbish by which they are surrounded, and half-concealed. "The Bill, the whole Bill, and Nothing but the Bill." - the well known rallying cry of the Reformers in 1831 and 1832, lies in fragments among weeds and dirt; sad emblem of the disunion of that great body, once so compact and so formidable. The pillar of "Popularity" is overthrown: Reform, the base whereon it stood is turned upside down: and from among those, under cover of the scanty shelter they afford, and from the little remaining vitality they still possess, various fungous substances, Chartism, Socialism, Repeal, and others which have not yet received even a name, have sprung up in the night, merely to be trodden down again. Amidst this hideous ruin sits Lord John Russell, like Caius Marius among the ruins of Carthage; but Caius Marius having been driven out of office by Sylla, (Sir Robert Peel,) went of his own accord, and seated himself among the ruins of Carthage "to intimate" as the History says, "the greatness of his own fall by the desolation that was around him." The parallel is not perfect. Lord John Russell's Carthage was of his own building, and it's fall was in spite of all that he could do to preserve it.
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