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Object: The rat-iocinater or infallible trap
Object: The leading article
Object: London gazette
Object: State of trade
Object: The stocks 2 1/2 per cent
Object: Patent instantaneous lights
Object: Police intelligence
Object: Beau Street
Object: St. James's Street - a card
Object: The cabinet show
Object: Chancery - Nov 28 1829 -
Object: Fashionable intelligence 1830
Object: Slave trade 1.
Object: Slave trade 2.
Object: A sketch of that curious little | architect sitting on his (egg)
Object: New system of heraldry
Object: 1730 Dress of the guards. 1830
Object: Trials | Old Bailey
Object: Change of linen
Object: The Siamese youths - our own youths
Object: Church affairs -
Series: The Looking Glass No. 1
Etched caricature magazine of four pages on two leaves, in the form of a (monthly) newspaper; illustrations as follows. 1 January 1830
A series of mock advertisements, including:
'Sale by auction | Smithfield Market'. A sturdy artisan, holding his handsome wife by a rope round her neck, displays her to a hideous and dwarfish man in ragged clothes of fashionable intention. The latter holds up two fingers, bidding for the unabashed woman, who stands with arms akimbo. Behind are cattle in pens. (Such 'sales' of wives were not uncommon; they were believed by the populace to constitute a legal divorce and were so described in accounts of England by foreigners. See no. 11838.)
'The rat-iocinater or infallible trap' (No. 15993). A box-trap: 'Peels Patent', set with bait: a coronet and 'Place'. See No. 15734; cf. No. 16017.
Also including, though undescribed by George, three further vignettes: 'A certain cure for corns': a ragged old woman looking at one of seaman's two wooden legs, which he kicks out jauntily for inspection, with the words 'never been troubles since'. 'Fish sauce -': a rotund fishwife pointing to a sign reading 'Ann.Chovey fishmonger', a lady in fashionable clothing shying away from the fish stand. 'Good plain cooks.': a scrawny and awkward black man, and an inelegant fat woman.
THE LEADING ARTICLE (15991)
Wellington walks, left to right, thumbing his nose, and dragging after him, by the nose, a bull, John Bull, with melancholy quasi-human features. He says: 'Here we come—So help me 'Bob'!!!' [Peel]. The bull's head only is within the design; it is burdened with a great stack of documents topped by a large crown: 'Army Estimates; Navy Estimates; Corn Bill [see No. 15409, &c.]; Colonial Estimates; Tax' [six times]. From the beast's neck a heavy millstone, 'National Debt', hangs by a chain. A traditional theme, cf. Nos. 6962, 10728, 11845, 13288, 15363.
LONDON GAZETTE (15992)
Contrasted figures:  A lean and tattered but gentlemanly looking man sits on a truss of straw, saying, 'I Have Not The Means To procure a Meal'. A paper is inscribed 'Half Pay'. Below: 'Declaration of Insolvency'.  A grossly obese fellow, with a paper inscribed 'Claret' in his pocket, says, 'Well I Shall Retire to My Willa'. Below: 'Bankrupt Enlarged'. A satire on hard times (cf. No. 16032), on the hard lot of the half-pay officer (cf. Nos. 6170, 7082, 16114), and on the Bankruptcy Laws, cf. No. 14992.
STATE OF TRADE (15994; repeated as 16447)
A gaunt derelict, selling fruit from a tray slung from his neck, addresses a cat's-meat man, who is knock-kneed to deformity: 'Well how is Trade?—' Answer: 'I never knowed sich a Stagnation since I've been in business'. The barrow is placarded 'By Appointment (above the Royal Arms) Cats Meat Depot'. A starving dog helps itself. See No. 16032, &c.
THE STOCKS 2 1/2 PER CENT (16448)
A derelict and seemingly Irish family, man, woman and child, sit with their feet in a set of stocks.
PATENT INSTANTANEOUS LIGHTS (16449)
A fat Dutchman in bulky breeches flies into the air, the centre of an explosion from a barrel, &c. Below: 'The Flying Dutchman'.
POLICE INTELLIGENCE (15995)
A bust portrait of Peel in police uniform, cf. No. 15875, holding out a large paper headed 'CHARGE' above three columns of figures (the expenses of the New Police, see No. 15768, &c). Below: '"There is no appeel [amended to appeal] —Shakespeare' [cf. No. 16280].
BEAU STREET (16450)
Five dandies promenade or stand together. (The title parodies the Bow Street police reports.)
ST. JAMES'S STREET - A CARD (16451)
The Knave of Clubs, on a card, fills the space between the lamps flanking the door of Crockford's.
THE CABINET SHOW (15996)
George IV, in back view, pulls the strings of a puppet-show in a tall draped box like that of Punch, but topped by the Royal Arms. Three men (left) gape up at it: a yokel (John Bull), a ragged Irish haymaker, and a tall Highlander taking snuff. Heads look from the box: Wellington, Peel holding out a rat-trap as in No. 15734, &c, Lyndhurst, Sugden, and Scarlett. The King: 'Now Gentleme [sic] you have a view of all our principal performers at present'. The Irishman: 'Faith I wou'd like to see our Dan [O'Connell] mightily'. Lady Conyngham, beside the King, bends over a chest of puppets, sticks topped by life-like heads. She holds Eldon, saying, 'This used to be a good performer— we may make something of him yet'. Head downwards, leaning against the chest, is a mere wig-block (Whig) inscribed 'Huskey Noodle' [Huskisson, see No. 15899]; it rests on a paper: 'Corresponding—Society', with a pen beside it (an allusion to his letter to Wellington, see No. 15531). Hanging from the chest are Brougham and (smaller) Burdett. (For Ministerial weakness and need for recruitment cf. No. 16029, &c. As in No. 15505, Huskisson, a Canningite, is a Whig. Cf. Lady Hertford's puppets in No. 11866 (1812).)
John Bull, paunchy and gaitered, turns from a gridiron (left), representing Cobbett (see No. 16123), from which rise the words: 'You'l be ruin'd if you Keep on with Gold'. J. B., holding out a coin in his left hand, right hand in his pocket, answers: 'Tho a Sovereign will sink, \ And a pound Note will float \ I'd sooner have a Sovereign—than a one pound Note \ That is my way of thinking Old Grill'. See No. 16013, &c.
CHANCERY - NOV 28 1829 - (16452)
Lyndhurst, in wig and gown, adjusting his glasses, grips Kean's jaws in a vice. Kean (right), who is dressed as Richard III (see No. 12325), capers frantically, saying, 'What care I for your Vice | Am I not Kean enough to know | He is a fool to play for nothing | who can have his price.' In the background, watching, stands Charles Kemble, in theatrical costume, with his daughter Fanny who takes his arm. He says 'My Daughter - my honorable Daughter.'
FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE 1830 (16453)
A Park promenade of 'Monstrosities', cf. No. 14310, &c. Wasp-waisted women wear huge high-crowned bonnets with wide scoops, trimmed with big bows, inflated sleeves, and wide skirts showing ankles and flat slippers. Men wear small high-crowned top-hats perched on projecting curls, have wasp-waisted, full-skirted coats, trousers pinched at the knee and wide at the foot. Below: '"How are we Park'd, - amidst a herd of England's tim'rous dear- Shakspeare' ['1 Hen. VI', IV. ii, adapted].
SLAVE TRADE 1. (15998)
A jovial well-fed black man and his wife play with their three children under a palm-tree. Below: 'Slaves in bondage.' Cf. Nos. 16207, 17219.
SLAVE TRADE 2. (15999)
A starving black couple, with one child, crouch in a London street; they have a basket of matches. On the wall behind is chalked 'WILBEFOR[CE]' (cf. No. 13249, &c). Below: 'In full enjoyment of LIBERTY \ Am I not a man— and a Brother'.
A SKETCH OF THAT CURIOUS LITTLE ARCHITECT... (16000)
A plump bird with the head of Nash perches on a dome resembling an inverted bowl and inscribed 'Pimlico Statu Quo', showing that it is the dome of Buckingham Palace, see No. 15669.
NEW SYSTEM OF HERALDRY (16001)
The King's arms, with clasped hands enclosing a half-length portrait of Lady Conyngham. They issue from a crown above the Garter motto 'Honi Soit. . .' The supporters are the Lion with (smiling) head of Wellington, and the unicorn with the head of Peel. See No. 16062; for the 'King's Arms' cf. No. 15872.
1730 DRESS OF THE GUARDS. 1830 (16454)
Two soldiers face each other: one (left) stiffly at attention, with long pigtail, tricorne hat, gaiters, sword, and musket. The other, wearing shako and trousers, shoulders his musket, but stands more at ease. Behind are contrasted soldiers in back view, the modern one in a huge bearskin.
A horse in a two-wheeled chaise runs away. The fashionably dressed driver tugs at the reins, the woman beside him stands up, screaming, in the huge hat, sleeves, &c., of the day. For the gallopade see No. 16473.
TRIALS | OLD BAILEY (undescribed by George)
A half-length profile portrait of Judge Bayley.
CHANGE OF LINEN (16456)
An obese elderly man wearing a travelling cap, holding a closed umbrella, stands with legs astride. Above: 'When I travel I always put on Six shirts if I want to make a change - I take one off.'
Two burly bailiffs march off with two tall, thin and effete-looking officers in dandified uniform.
THE SIAMESE YOUTHS - OUR OWN YOUTHS (16002)
The Twins (left), see No. 15917, realistically depicted, are compared with a taller couple (right): Wellington and Peel joined by a band inscribed 'Place'. Peel wears police uniform as in No. 15995 and holds a rat-trap as in No. 15734, &c. Cf. Nos. 16227, 16786.
CHURCH AFFAIRS (16003)
A grotesquely bloated and corpulent bishop (right) addresses a tall emaciated parson who stands deferentially, hat in hand: 'Increase your Stipend? Your Mind is as narrow as your Body—have more respect—recollect Sir there is a Wide difference between us'. Cf. No. 15791, &c.
An Italian boy with a board of plaster figures on his head cries: 'Very Pretty Very Cheap Will you Buy'. He holds out a paper: 'Looking Glass—Published on the Ist of evry Month'. The figures include a whole-length figure of George IV in back view flanked by larger busts of Peel and Wellington.
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Height: 416 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 290 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The British Library's set of seven volumes of the 'Looking Glass' was destroyed in 1941.
On 28 Nov. (Saturday), near the closing of the Court, Kemble obtained from the Chancellor an injunction to restrain Kean from performing at Drury Lane (where he was billed to appear on Monday), till (by the terms of a contract) he had acted ten nights at Covent Garden. Lyndhurst said that his Vice-Chancellor (Sir L. Shadwell) should hear the case; it came on in the Vice-Chancellor's Court on 1 Dec.; the proceedings fill over five columns of The Times. The confused situation as regards a contract was further complicated by Kean's having undertaken (like other leading actors) to help the insolvent Covent Garden by playing three nights there for nothing: he had, however, nullified the offer by insisting that the nights should be those on which Fanny Kemble was billed as Juliet. The injunction was dissolved. For Kemble and his daughter cf. No. 16528.
Bound in a volume ("The Looking Glass, Vol. I") containing nos. 1 to 12 for 1830. Vols. I to VII (1830 to 1836) are kept at 298.d.12 to 18.
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