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Object: Samson and Delilah
Series: Political Sketches
No. 762. In a bed, a man dressed as a woman, in the character of Delilah (Sir Robert Inglis), cutting a lock of a man's hair, in the character of Samson (Lord Ellenborough), watched by a group of men standing in the door at right (Lords Lansdowne, Palmerston and Russell). March 1843
Lithograph, printed in fawn and black inks
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Height: 287 millimetres (approximately; top edge obscured by binding)
Width: 254 millimetres
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- Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
The political character of the proceedings of Lord Ellenborough in India scarcely excited more the angry comment on the part of the Members of Opposition, than the respect which he paid to the idolatry of the natives, incurred the censure of those who are denominated, emphatically, the religious portion of the community. Sir Robert Inglis, the Delilah of this sketch, as the Member for the University of Oxford, and the leader of the ultra-religious party in the House of Commons, could not refrain from making a sharp attack on the evil tendency of Lord Ellenborough's proceedings, and especially the impiety of bringing back in triumph to India the gates of an old heathen temple, and, by so doing, teaching the Indians to regard them as sacred. Sir Robert is, therefore, represented in the act of shearing the locks (the honours) of Sampson, the Governor-General, and the joke will be better appreciated by those who are acquainted with the noble Lord's person, and remember that he was very remarkable for the length and profusion of his locks.
Anticipating that such attacks from a hand, supposed to friendly, would considerably impair the vigour of the noble Lord, and render him an easier victim, the Members of the Opposition, in the character of Philistines, are waiting the result. Lord Palmerston holds the cords ready to bind him; Lord John Russell is looking on with intense eagerness, and the Marquess Lansdowne is peeping in over Lord Palmerston's shoulder.
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