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Object: Politics. | France.
Object: Edinburgh town council. | The twa provosts.
Object: Civic festivals.
Object: Antiquities. | Beautiful ancient pitcher.
Object: Shipping news. Voyage of a steam boat from Glasgow to Liverpool, continued from No. 5 [BM Satires 15049] | Scene 6. "'Twas night" to be continued
Object: Sporting intelligence. | 12th. August.
Object: History of a coat. concluded from No. 5. [BM Satires 15046]
Object: Essay on modern medical education. | No: 1. The alarm, or the Kirk Yard in danger. | No. 2. The dead association. | No. 3. Watching and warding.
Object: Glasgow | Police intelligence - most important!!!
Object: The Colls. foot in it again
Object: Summer amusements. Macintosh's waterproof life preserver. See page 4.
Series: Vol. 1. - No. VI. Northern Looking Glass, or lithoc: album.
Caricature magazine of four folio pages, the last covered in lithographed text, in the form of a (fortnightly) newspaper. 18 August 1825
Lithographs as follows:
POLITICS. | FRANCE. (14789)
Eight designs in two columns fill p. 1, headed 'The following is the manner in which the King of France passes his time at St Cloud'.  'He has all the Journals read to him'. Wearing a crown and dressing-gown, Charles X (at 5 a.m.) sits between two courtiers each reading a newspaper; two others stand behind, holding an ear-trumpet to each royal ear. He listens with angry dismay. (The political press belonged almost entirely to the opposition parties. Charléty, La Restauration, 1921, p. 256.)
The other designs ridicule the King who wears (except in 3) a crown throughout:  as a gourmand he breakfasts,  he kneels in grotesque devotion at mass,  he sprawls on a sofa,  shoots sparrows (cf. No. 14796),  is domineered over by his grandchildren, [7 and 8] dines and sleeps.
EDINBURGH TOWN COUNCIL. | THE TWA PROVOSTS. (14790)
A man, wearing a civic chain and furred gown, stands full-face, staff of office in r. hand, a flowering pot-plant under his 1. arm. On each side stands a candidate, holding the edge of his gown, and pointing behind him to a coach galloping up from the 1. and the r., with the inscriptions 'Look on this chariot, and and on this!!' Three footmen stand behind each coach. The man on the 1. is tall, beside him on the ground, at the base of a signpost pointing 'To Arniston' are letters : 'Sir The honor of Company . . . Dinner [signed] Allan'. The man on the r. is small, similar letters at his feet are signed Trotter. Other magistrates are faintly indicated in the background. Below the title: 'How happy could I be with either, | Was t'other dear charmer away' [Gay, Beggar's Opera]. Below the designs : 'The Preparations of two would-be Provosts'.
CIVIC FESTIVALS (14791)
Two designs, side by side, one (1.) of a dinner given by Trotter, see No. 14790, the other of a similar dinner by Allan; both magnificent. On the wall of each room is a framed picture of the new coach. Above both designs: 'I own that nothing like good cheer succeeds: Let him be Mayor whose wine most freely bleeds. Champagne can consecrate the damned'st evil, A hungry Counsellor adores the Devil. Pindar.' Below Trotter's dinner: 'Oh! ye wee councilling rogues, Ye promised to mak a bit Mayor o' me, I've Speer'd a' my friens to the Feast, And my coach is ready to carry me.' Below Allan's: 'I ha' laid in a stock o' Champaigne ; Lads gin ye he me, elec me now! Lang ha' I long'd owr auld Reekie to reign. And ye've drunk to my health, as Provost I trow.'
ANTIQUITIES. | Beautiful ancient pitcher.
Undescribed by George (BM Satires). A pitcher with ornamental handle, 'in Glasgow College Museum. / found upon the farm of Sadlerhead, in the parish of Lismahago, county of Lanark.'
SHIPPING NEWS. Voyage of a Steam Boat from Glasgow to Liverpool, continued from N° 5 [No. 15049] | Scene 6. | "'Twas night". | to be continued (15051)
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. | 12th August (15052)
Three men with two dogs in pouring rain. One fires at two birds. The others carry their guns, one is bogged to the knee, the other holds up an umbrella.
HISTORY OF A COAT, concluded from N° 5 [No. 15046]. (15053)
 F.I.G. for the Crows. Hung from a broom it serves as scarecrow.  Exchange no Robbery. An Irish haymaker, wearing the coat, puts his own rags on the broom.  A little boy wearing the coat, its tails reaching to the ground, leaves a cabin, admired by a woman who looks from the low doorway to say: By the powers Paddy, but that same's the first pair of breeches you ever had to your back.  End of the Tail. Two hungry pigs devour the coat.
ESSAY ON MODERN MEDICAL EDUCATION. N° 1. The Alarm, or the Kirk Yard in danger. (15054)
A spectacled skeleton marches through a churchyard beating a drum inscribed Glasgow Chronicle ; he is followed by a second skeleton with a flag inscribed Popular Anatomy Mechanics Institution. Behind them run a crowd of mechanics and a woman, waving hats and arms. No 2. The Dead Association. Five men ('resurrectionists.') in a room, three asleep (one on the floor), one tipsy. On a table are a coffin, a lighted candle, and a tankard. N° 3. Watching and Warding. In a graveyard round a lighted lantern are four armed guards, two of whom sit on tombstones drinking with women. In the background a tiny figure escapes over the wall with his grisly burden in a sack.
GLASGOW | POLICE INTELLIGENCE - MOST IMPORTANT!!! (15055)
A man with two bodies and heads, which lean in opposite directions: (1.)
towards a hand holding out a letter headed Kirkfield: August and signed Geo.
Cranston, and (r.) towards a similar letter: Edinburgh 8th Aug . . ., signed
James Moncrieff. A second pair of heads above the first also lean to 1. and r.
towards the letters. Above G. C's letter: 'This in a moment kicks us out of doors' ;
above J. M's letter: 'And this informs us we may yet sit still.' Below (parodying
Hamlet): 'To sit or not to sit—that is the question— Whether 'tis better at the board to suffer The jeers and scoffs of Bailies and Dependents Or to submit us to our legal Rulers And by resigning, end them.' Cf. No. 15028.
THE COLLS FOOT IN IT AGAIN. (15056)
Two designs:  Cheltenham. Col. Berkeley thrashes Judges (for hostile press comment on his relations with Maria Foote), watched by two friends, one leaning his back on the door.  Hereford. Berkeleyslinks off, hands in pockets, while Judges, his eye bound up and 1. arm in a sling, holds out to him a paper: Damages £500. The verdict on Berkeley for assault, see No. 14868, &c.
SUMMER AMUSEMENTS. Macintosh's Waterproof Life Preserver. See Page 4 (15057)
Bathers, fully dressed, supported by life-belts, disport themselves in a lake. A lady holds up a parasol. Behind is a building placarded: Humane Society. To Let. Below: nantes in gurgite vasto. Virgil. Text (p. 4): account from the Scots Mechanics' Magazine of 'Chs Mackintosh Esqr's Patent Waterproof Life Preserver'. Macintosh (1766-1843) patented his cloth waterproofed with rubber in 1823 (applied to air-beds and pillows).
Also, a man wearing glasses, 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 to 'Politics. | France.' (14789):
Illustration to a paragraph quoted (p. 4) from 'a London Paper', beginning 'The King of France is said to be very melancholy'. This is attributed to increasing deafness, and to the embarrassments of M. de Villèle. Other political lithographs of this issue are Nos. 14790, 14791.
'Edinburgh town council.' (14790):
Illustration to a transcript (p. 4) from the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle on the rivalry of Mr. Trotter and Mr. Allan ; the latter was alleged to seek the civic chair as a stepping-stone to Parliament, but asserted in the presence of Mr. Dundas of Arniston that he had no intention 'at present... of disturbing the representation of the City'. Both had ordered carriages to support the expected office. William Trotter was Lord Provost, 1825-6, William Allan, 1829-30. Dundas was M.P. for Edinburgh, 1812-31. See No. 14791.
'Essay on modern medical education' (15054):
Exhumation and the sale of bodies to anatomists was a burning question in Glasgow. See Westminster Review, ii. 84 (July 1824). See Nos. 15062, 15069, 15444.
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