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Object: On taste. Continued from No. 2.
Object: Shipping news. continued from No. 2. [BM Satires 15025] Internal arrangements / Scene 2nd / Voyage of a steam boat from Glasgow to Liverpool | to be continued.
Object: Domestic intelligence.
Object: Literary novelties. | Crusaders.
Object: The Mobiade continued from No. 2.
Object: State lottery. | Recipe for a consumptive case.
Object: Fac similes.
Object: Politics | Affairs of India, or how to astonish the natives.
Object: Merchants' Park. Monument to John Knox.
Series: Vol. 1. - No. 3. Glasgow Looking Glass.
Caricature magazine of four folio pages, in the form of a (fortnightly) newspaper. 9 July 1825
Lithographs as follows:
ON TASTE. Continued from N° 2. (15031)
Four sets of figures, as in No. 15024, with a Finale.
 A hypochondriac sits drinking medicine, surrounded by pill-boxes and medicine-bottles. A man drinking spirits is kissed by a black woman seated on his knee.
 The fashions of 1725 and 1825 contrasted. A lady in wide hooped petticoats, and a calash-hood (see No. 5434) resting on her shoulders, leaving her head bare, holds a fan. With her is a little boy dressed like a man of the period. A lady in a striped and flounced dress, with balloon sleeves, wears a wide Leghorn hat which hides her face and extends far beyond her shoulders. Her little girl, wearing drawers to the ankle, is eclipsed by a similar hat.  A family picture. The artist stands by his canvas painting a grossly fat woman who poses as Diana, with a gouty husband who yawns violently, holding a deer on his back (and thus giving himself antlers). The little boy is dressed as Cupid. A theme deriving from the portrait of the Primrose family in Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield, cf. Nos. 5921, 10915, 15261.  Newspaper readers, one with the Courier, one with the Glasgow Chronicle, one with the Herald. They register furious anger or melancholy; the fourth laughs heartily over the Glasgow Looking Glass.
 Finale. Three pairs of combatants: men fight with rapiers, with fists, and with pistols.
SHIPPING NEWS, continued from N° 2 [No. 15025]. Internal Arrangements | Scene 2nd | Voyage of a Steam Boat from Glasgow to Liverpool to be continued. (15032)
Interior of the passengers' cabin in the stern, furnished with a horseshoe table, seat against the wall, and small hanging book-case. A man brings in a decanter and glasses. A passenger seated on a camp-stool reads the Looking Glass to an appreciative audience. See No. 15037.
DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE (15033)
Scene in a smithy. The smith and his wife fight, while an infant's legs project from a tub of water: Below: 'Connubial joy all other care disowns, The Parents happy, whilst the daughter drowns.'
LITERARY NOVELTIES. | Crusaders.
Undescribed by George (BM Satires). A short man in bizarre costume with three feathers at his head, accosting a knight whose dog lies at his feet; the caption: '"Soldier, wherefore renderest thou not to Nectabanus the homage due to his dignity" Tale of the Talisman. Vol. 3rd.. Page 296.'
THE MOBIADE continued from N° 2. (15034)
The mob, see No. 15027, vainly attacks the gate of Edinburgh Castle with sticks, stones, and a dead cat. An alarmed bailie in his gown and holding a staff looks on. Tail-piece: the head and arms of a shouting man thrust through the bars of a small prison-window.
STATE LOTTERY. | RECIPE FOR A CONSUMPTIVE CASE. (14784)
Fortune, emblem of the Lottery as in No. 14525, leans, emaciated and fainting, against a rock beside a cornucopia inscribed 'M.T' [empty]. She is blindfolded, her wheel lies on the ground behind her. A fat man (1.), a paper inscribed 'Bish' in his pocket, runs towards her, carrying on his shoulder a large cask of 'Port Wine'; in the background other men bringing casks are indicated. Behind her (r.) a hand extends from clouds holding a pair of scales; one scale rests on the ground, it is covered with papers inscribed 'Blank', while the other, inscribed 'Prize', hangs upside down, empty.
Four little scenes, as No. 15023:  Elocution. | A shining, and a burning light. A man sits inside iron railings over a collecting-plate which is on a higher stool, tied by a string to the collector's leg. No. 15074 shows that he is John Aitken, a well-known blind beggar.
FAC SIMILES (14785)
Whole-length portraits (1. to r.) of Blücher, Alexander I, George IV, and Wellington. The King is in back view (as in No. 12803), with pinched waist, bulging posterior, and calves, and tight coat and breeches. Below are the signatures of the other three, but not the King's.
POLITICS | AFFAIRS OF INDIA, OR HOW TO ASTONISH THE NATIVES. (14786)
Indian or Burmese troops are being put to flight by a blast of cannon-balls inscribed 'Marching Allowance' issuing from the jaws of a giant elephant advancing from the extreme r., and trampling on the bodies of Indians. On its back are a howdah and a saddle-cloth inscribed 'Company's Jaggerknaut'; British soldiers are in three tiers: seated on the beast's neck, kneeling behind these to fire, and firing from under the howdah; others, facing the tail, fire to the r. The cannon-balls are inscribed 'Conciliation Ball's, Allowance for Past Services, Advance of Pay, Pay, Pay'. The fugitives are fine-looking men, wearing turbans, military coats of British type, and short breeches. Forming a background behind this mêlée are (1) a row of 'Burmese Stockades' fringing a hill and bristling with spears; (2) a higher hill, the summit covered with Indian cavalry, inscribed 'Lahore Cashmere 100.000 Horse', and (3) a hill on which are gibbets with the dangling bodies of Indian soldiers. Below the design: ' "The native rebel troops refusing to lay down their arms, a signal was made, the artillery opened in their rear with such | "effect that they were immediately thrown into confusion, 480 it is said, were left dead on the field, 80 or 100 taken prisoners, some [of] | "which were hung in chains, and the rest sent to work on the roads in chains, for fourteen years." Calcutta Gazette.'
MERCHANTS' PARK. MONUMENT TO JOHN KNOX.
Undescribed by George (BM Satires).
A man wearing glasses and touching his nose, appearing from behind a large scroll headed 'To correspondents.', perhaps William Heath (see BM Satires 15301).
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Height: 404 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 277 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Notes from 'State lottery' (14784):
The State Lottery was doomed, see No. 14525, and expired in 1826, see No. 15141. Bish was the chief lottery contractor, see No. 10991. As a speculative wine-merchant, cf. No. 13038, he sometimes offered wine as an additional prize, cf. No. 15042. The other political lithographs from this issue are Nos. 14785, 14786.
'Politics | Affairs of India' (14786):
Primarily a satire on the East India Company, cf. No. 12718, &c. For the incidents of the Burmese War during 1825 see Ann. Reg., 1825, pp. 124 ff.
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Associated Title: Tale of the Talisman
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