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Object: Life of a soldier.
Object: British field sports.
Object: Kean in America
Object: Royal sporting.
Object: The country Ball.
Object: Burmese foundling.
Object: Pictorial dictionary. | Ac
Object: Emperor of Brazil.
Object: State of the money market.
Object: Perkins s steam gun.
Object: Comparative fashions. No. 2.
Series: Vol. 1. No. XIII. Northern Looking Glass.
Caricature magazine of four folio pages, the last covered in letterpress text, in the form of a (fortnightly) newspaper. 26 December 1825
Etchings as follows:
LIFE OF A SOLDIER. (15104)
'7' Lying wounded, he threatens with his bayonet a harpy who attempts to rob him. The battle rages in the distance. '8' Outside a hospital he stands supported on crutches, his head bandaged, grasping the hand of a fully-armed fellow soldier. See No. 15072, &c.
BRITISH FIELD SPORTS. (15105)
'3' Four men, one a dustman, race for a pig; the foremost grasps its tail.
'4' Men stand round a pond setting their dogs at a cat which floats in a bowl. See No. 11785, by Rowlandson.
KEAN IN AMERICA (15106)
Two designs.  Kean as Richard III stands on the stage, arms extended, addressing a riotous audience, who hurl missiles:
'Let not the heavens hear these tell-tale men [sic]
'Rail on the Lord's anointed—strike I say'[Richard III, iv. iv.]
In the foreground is a corner of the pit filled with black men. A box is filled with whites.
 Dressed as Richard III, Kean kneels weeping desperately, clasping his hands; he declaims the words of Richard II (III. iii), from 'The King shall be contented: must he lose The name of king?' to 'Some common way of Trade— Shakespear'. At his feet is a paper: 'Beggars Petition'. A black man and woman walk away from him, leaning over their shoulders to say, with hands raised: 'he very bad man!' and, 'he very naughty man!!'
ROYAL SPORTING. (15107)
The Duke of Gloucester fires point-blank at a fellow sportsman, who staggers back, his hand to his eye. A pheasant flies off through trees. An incident at Lulworth Castle. (Gloucester as 'Silly Billy' is the nincompoop of the family.)
THE COUNTRY BALL. (15108)
Ball Hughes, dressed as a farmer, steps across fields with his wife on his arm and a spade against his shoulder shaped like the ace of spades. She is décolletée with feathered head, but wears hob-nailed boots and dances along. Behind, a man is ploughing.
Undescribed by George (BM Satires). A young child left wailing in a boat as several adults leap overboard at an approaching boat with Western soldiers.
PICTORIAL DICTIONARY | AC [continued from No. 15100] (15109)
Six little scenes in two columns: the second 'Accost, to address - to salute -' A beadle claps a dismayed dandy on the shoulder, while a pregnant woman weeps. Cf. No. 14598.
EMPEROR OF BRAZIL. (14811)
Whole-length portrait in a massive frame of Don Pedro wearing huge spurred jack-boots to the thigh with crown and royal robes. He holds orb in the r. hand, riding-switch in the 1.
STATE OF THE MONEY MARKET. (14812)
Two designs side by side.  'England'. John Bull, in agonized alarm, stands in a sea of bank-notes Surrounded by Bank buildings which are crashing to the ground.
 'Scotland'. Two stout complacent bankers stand behind their counter, receiving sovereigns and notes from two Scots in tartan, one wearing a kilt, the other short trews. Behind the bankers are piled large money-bags.
PERKINS S STEAM GUN. (14813)
A large cannon rests on a four-wheeled base at the back of which is a tall smoking chimney and a small brick shed, a boiler, &c. The stoker leans from a window smoking, his back to the muzzle of the gun from which issues a blast of balls of various sizes. These demolish a fortress and lay low all its defenders. Behind (r.), a group of soldiers, picnicking under a tree, toast their easy victory.
COMPARATIVE FASHIONS. N° 2. (15110)
Eight figures in two rows, men above, women below, representing 'Fashionable Dandies' of '1425, 1623, 1723, and 1825'.  A man with moustache, hair resting on his shoulders, high-peaked cap, belted doublet with tight waist, long hanging sleeves, long pointed shoes (poulaines), and a sword. (A dress suggesting (incorrectly) c. 1480 rather than 1425.)  A hybrid of the more extreme features of Elizabethan and early Stuart dress, as to ruff and enormous breeches, but with pointed shoes chained to the knee.  A man in early eighteenth-century dress combined with the tight sleeves, toupet wig, and nosegay of the macaroni of c. 1770.  A dandy whose dress, hat, and hair suggest Lord Petersham. He holds a riding-switch.  The lady of 1425, with long ermine-trimmed robes, wears the steeple head-dress of c. 1480.  The dress of 1625 is a travesty of Elizabethan costume.  A lady in the court-dress (exaggerated) of the early eighteenth century.  The modern lady wears walking dress, wasp-waisted and flounced, with balloon sleeves, feathered hat with ribbon streamers. She grasps a closed parasol and a reticule.
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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 'Kean in America' (15106):
Kean, after being persecuted in England, see No. 14710, made a second visit to America, opening in New York as Richard III on 14 Nov. An account of his reception in the New York National Advocate is illustrated. Despite the uproar and missiles he was wildly applauded by black people in the upper gallery. See G. Playfair, Kean, 1939, p. 255 and No. 15313.
'The country Ball.' (15108):
Text: Ball has sold his harriers and 'commenced practical farmer'. See No. 14549, &c.
'Emperor of Brazil' (14811):
Don Pedro, son of John VI of Portugal, left by his father in Brazil as Regent, in 1822 proclaimed himself 'Constitutional Emperor'. Under Canning's influence a treaty was signed between the two states on 29 Aug. 1825 by which King John, retaining the imperial title, recognized his son as Emperor of Brazil and Brazil as an independent state. The print is said to represent a recent portrait done in Rio.
'State of the money market' (14812):
The text contrasts the perfect stability of Scottish banks, where £1 notes were current, with the banking failures in England. This was stressed in Parliament during the controversy over the issue of such notes, see No. 14814, &c.
'Perkins s steam gun' (14813):
The text describes an experimental cannonade by the gun, attended by Wellington and other officers; it concludes: 'Mr Perkins' gun opens a new era as regards warfare, and must ultimately lead to universal peace-by what manner, we have endeavoured to show in our plate.' See No. 15155.
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