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Object: Life of a soldier, contd.
Object: British field sports, No. 2.
Object: Royal nuptials, and concert. Dresden.
Object: English, and foreign diligences.
Object: Mr. Martin, and the dromedary
Object: St: David's Church.
Object: Pictorial dictionary. | Ab.
Object: Mr Justice Park, and the kiss.
Object: Wallace's sword
Object: Country banks.
Object: Awfu' weather.
Object: Comparative fashions. No. 1. Ancient & modern cavalry.
Series: Vol. 1. No. XII. Northern Looking Glass.
Caricature magazine of four folio pages, the last covered in letterpress text, in the form of a (fortnightly) newspaper. 12 December 1825
Etchings as follows:
LIFE OF A SOLDIER, contd. (15094)
'N° 5. The Embarkation'. Standing stolidly on the shore he is kissed by a country girl ; a fellow soldier touches him on the arm and points with a grin to the men embarking in a ship's boat. Behind are other soldiers and Dover Castle.
'N° 6. The Action to be continued'. A small body of soldiers charge with fixed bayonets, led by an officer with a sabre. The hero falls, wounded.
BRITISH FIELD SPORTS, N° 2 (15095)
A sack-race. The spectators are five men (two dustmen), and a publican with a big frothing tankard. Cf. No. 15009.
ROYAL NUPTIALS, AND CONCERT. DRESDEN. (15096)
A wild sauve-qui-peut at the opera, the Queen in crown and robes among the fugitives. In a box is a fainting lady supported by a man who cries 'water water'. Only the King remains seated.
ENGLISH, AND FOREIGN DILIGENCES. (15097)
'N° 1'. A smart mail-coach drawn by four galloping horses. One lady seated next the driver; a guard standing up in the dickey to blow his horn. On the roof is a neat receptacle for baggage.
'N° 2'. A cumbrous double coach, inscribed 'La Diligence', without springs, drawn by three clumsy horses abreast. Fat men smoking pipes sit beside and behind the driver. The roof is heaped with baggage and goods.
MR MARTIN, AND THE DROMEDARY (15098)
'N° I'. A raffish man hands a letter to Martin addressed 'Martin MP', watched by amused hackney-coachmen. 'N° 2'. Martin stands good-humouredly on the deck of a ship, the 'Dromedary—-for Botany Bay', among a number of chained felons, grasping the hands of two of them. Above: 'Well Gentlemen you're all d—d comfortable, I'm [sic] a devilish good mind to go, with you'.
ST DAVID'S CHURCH. (15099)
A neo-Gothic church door, absurdly small and window-like, with men and women falling headlong down the steep steps. A satire on the inconveniencies and absurdity of the door of a new Glasgow Church.
PICTORIAL DICTIONARY. | AB. (15100)
Ten little scenes in two columns illustrate words; the first: About. Husband and wife, back to back in chairs, respectively register angry resignation and exasperated boredom. Below: 'Concerning; with regard to'.
Mr. JUSTICE PARK, AND THE KISS. (15101)
A scene in the Court of Common Pleas. The witness, a prim elderly man, gingerly kisses a dilapidated book, while one of the two judges rises angrily from his seat.
Park (1763-1838), indignant at the man's lack of fervour, interrupted him with 'That won't do, Sir . . .'. He was pious and irascible, cf. Gent. Mag., 1839, i. 211.
Undescribed by George (BM Satires).
COUNTRY BANKS. (14810)
Two designs, side by side: 'Lombard Street. No 1'. A post-chaise stands at the door of a bank in Lombard Street; passers-by watch bank clerks loading it with bags of 'Gold', and with a large package of 'Gold'.
'Plymouth market-day. N° 2'. Scene in the Market Place, stalls are placarded 'No notes taken'. A farmer with a sheaf of notes turns away from the stall of a fat butcher towards his weeping child. A woman selling eggs and poultry refuses to serve a well-dressed man.
AWFU' WEATHER. (15102)
Pedestrians beset by driving rain. Cloaks billow out, an umbrella is blown inside out, a hat flies off. A little schoolboy plods along. Three women wear enormous bootikins or overshoes.
COMPARATIVE FASHIONS.- N° 1. ANCIENT & MODERN CAVALRY. (15103)
A wasp-waisted Lancer officer, very erect on a spirited horse, faces a knight in armour holding a tilting-lance and riding a heavily built horse, much caparisoned, with a flowing tail. The latter's visor is closed, and his helmet decorated with many ostrich feathers; he is allegedly a 'Lancer' of 1096: his armour is of much later date.
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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 'Royal nuptials' (15096):
Scene at the opera, Dresden, on 9 Nov., at a cantata in honour of the marriage of Prince Maximilian of Saxony and the Infanta of Lucca. The scare is thought to have been due to an appeal for water for a fainting lady, which gave rise to an alarm of fire.
'Mr Martin, and the dromedary' (15098):
Text: 'Humanity Martin', see No. 14798, &c, was hoaxed into an errand to Woolwich to see a scandalously overladen dromedary. He therefore contrived a newspaper 'puff', relating his inspection of the convict-ship before her departure.
'Country banks' (14810):
The text describes the sending of gold to the country by post-chaises, causing crowds to collect in Lombard Street, while at Plymouth 'the uproar was dreadful . . . for gold alone would the sellers take and gold was not to be had'. The banking crisis, see No. 14814, &c, began with a series of three bank-failures in Plymouth, 27 Sept., 1 Oct., and 25 Nov., whereupon the panic spread to other districts. Halévy, Hist, of the English People 1815-1830, 1926, p. 225. Confidence was shattered by the failure of Elford's Bank, Plymouth, on 29 Nov. Brock, Lord Liverpool and Liberal Toryism, 1941, p. 204.
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