- Museum number
Object: State of trade | the manufacturer
Object: Hunting intelligence | Subscription pack
Object: Hospital | In & out patients
Object: State of the weather
Object: "O - what a falling off - was there ([Hamlet])
Object: Police intelligence | Quean Square
Object: Sir R Gordons ball. on board the Blonde Frigate
Object: The exclusives!!!
Object: The press gang - knapping it -
Object: But one objection to cigar's
Object: Son of Neptune -
Object: The mad doctors defeated - a sketch of Dr. B-s retreat!!!
Object: Liverpool & Dublin steam packets - | Emigration -
Object: Law intelligence
Object: Naval intellignce [sic]
Object: The poison tree
Object: Parish business
Object: Scientific terms No. 1
Object: Sketches from the zoological gardens - 1 | The-golden-eagle-
Object: Marriage - a reflection
Series: The Looking Glass No. 2.
Etched caricature magazine of four pages on two leaves, in the form of a (monthly) newspaper; illustrations as follows. 1 February 1830
STATE OF TRADE | THE MANUFACTURER (16014)
A well-dressed man in riding-breeches stands despairingly, hands plunged in breeches pockets; in his coat pockets are papers: 'Thoughts on Suicide' and '[Bank]rupt'. Behind, in a semicircle, is a crowd of distracted employees. He says: 'Nothing To Do—got all my people to Help Me'. See No. 16032, &c.
HUNTING INTELLIGENCE | SUBSCRIPTION PACK (16015)
An obese tax-collector knocks at a house-door on which is a name-plate inscribed 'Fox'. A crowd of duns and bailiffs stands behind him. A voice from the key-hole: 'Master ant at Home'. One bailiff's man says to another: 'What do you want him to[o]?' Answer: 'Been looking arter him ever so long'.
HOSPITAL | IN & OUT PATIENTS (16458)
Three miserably deformed cripples: one has a withered right leg supported on a peg-leg, and a twisted left foot; one is bow-legged; the third knock-kneed. Cf. No. 16856 .
Two actors on an elephant which picks up coins with its trunk. Mathews says to Yates who is poised precariously behind him: 'I say Yates She knows how to pick up the Cash'. Below: 'Messrs—Mathews & Yates quite at Home'. (Mathews and Yates were joint managers of the Adelphi from 1828; Mathews continued there his popular 'At Homes', see No. 14714, &c, some¬times in conjunction with Yates. For the elephant see No. 15960.)
STATE OF THE WEATHER (16460)
Skating scene. Jack Frost, a little imp wearing skates, empties a bucket of water over the projecting nose of the foreground skater. Below: 'When Icicles hang on the Nose' [cf. 'Love's Labor's Lost', v. ii]. Cf. No. 11474.
"O WHAT A FALLING OFF - WAS THERE (16016)
O'Connell, in wig and gown, directed to the right, his right arm extended, surreptitiously takes a '600 Fee' handed to him by a pair of tongs projecting from the left margin and labelled 'Beresford Tongs'. He declaims: 'Me huxter? Me take a bribe? the member for all Ireland huxter for a fee—an Irish Counsellor take a fee of £600—Fith [sic] there's a mighty dale too much HONOR about an Irish Counsellor to take a fee AT-ALL let me catch any body offering me (your deliverer) a bribe sure well see who SUFFERS—There's an explanation for ye Boys'. (An unexplained insult. The Beresford family were 'Protestants', one of them was Primate of Ireland.)
POLICE INTELLIGENCE | QUEAN SQUARE (16461)
A mêlée of Billingsgate women; two fight with fists. Queen Square was a London police court.
Preceding the 'advertisement' catalogued by George as BMSat 16462 are three designs omitted from George's listings.  'Found a volume of pocket miscellany': a large bag labelled 'patent pocket bustle' slumped amidst its extensive previous contents, a slit in its middle, with the comment beneath: 'Ladies would do well to discontinue wearing pockets afterwards!!!'.
 'New publications | The last novels-': a lady extending an extremely large muff to a dandified gentleman.
 Presumably also intended as a 'new publication'. Subtitled 'Work of hornithology': a woman is thrown into the air outside a birdcage shop by a horse (?) crashing through its window, chased by a large horned bull.
 'Matrimony!!! See Morning Hearald' [sic]. A ragged and squinting dandy sits in a squalid room, putting a 'Tailors Bill' into the fire with tongs. Beside him is a heap of papers inscribed 'Bill' and 'Copy of Writ'. He says: 'The Lady may have her fortune settled on herself don't know what I should do for Fuel—if my Creditors did not send me plenty of paper'. Below: 'Disinterested Young Gen' in Want of a Wife'.
SIR R GORDONS BALL, (16463)
Title continues: 'on board the Blonde Frigate'. Fashionably dressed English ladies dance with Turks, who smoke long pipes; dandified naval officers watch. An awning covers the deck. (Gordon was Ambassador Extraordinary at Constantinople from 1828 (after Navarino) till recalled by Grey in 1831. Cf. No. 16027.)
THE EXCLUSIVES!!! (16017)
Curtains held up by Wellington are drawn before the King on the throne, who is in shadow and partly screened by Lady Conyngham. Peel holds an open rat-trap: 'Ratiocinater' [cf. No. 15993]. Scarlett (right) kneels, aiming a blunderbuss loaded with 'Ex Offico' [sic] papers (see No. 16009). Sugden (left) kneels, aiming a large syringe. Behind him stands Lyndhurst holding the mace and adjusting his glasses (his usual mannerism). Cf. No. 15996.
THE PRESS GANG - KNAPPING IT - (16018)
Wellington, as the coachman of No. 15731, &c, stands (left) superintending Scarlett and Sugden, both in wig and gown, who violently lash with coach-whips at two men. One of these (Alexander) dives through, and smashes, a printing-press, the other falls on his back, under papers, one inscribed 'LIBEL'. A third prostrate victim is represented by legs. Scarlett's lash is labelled 'Ex officio'; Sugden's, 'Libel'. Lyndhurst watches, adjusting his glasses with his accustomed gesture. The victims lie among papers inscribed 'Morning Journal' [thrice], 'Alex[ander]', and 'Age' to indicate Westmacott, see No. 14922, &c, who specialized in blackmail and scurrility. In the background (left) sits George IV, watching the chastisement. See No. 15910, &c.
BUT ONE OBJECTION TO CIGAR'S (16464)
A dandy, sitting beside an elegantly dressed and dignified lady, turns to her, puffing smoke, his cigar in his left hand which he points at her. He says: 'The only reasonable objection I can see to smoking is, that one runs a risk of singeing one's Mustachios by it!' Cf. No. 14726.
SON OF NEPTUNE - (16465)
A sailor, smoking a cigar, gazes at a statue of 'Neptune', a nude holding a trident, and reclining on a gushing culvert. He says: 'If that there's anything like my Father— I don't think he was much Like me'.
THE MAD DOCTORS DEFEATED... (16466)
A man, whose body below the waist is covered by a tea-chest inscribed 'Philpot Lane T', strides after a crowd of fugitives, flourishing a paper: 'Verdict —Sane'. The fugitives, witnesses against him, flee in disorder; the most prominent is a doctor who looks back to say : 'D—n that Grocer I wish we had Figed him'; papers on the ground : 'Evidence Insane . . .' Behind stands a man holding a small framed picture who says 'I shall have a Kick at him next'. (See No. 16425. Davies had been confined in the private asylum of Dr. Burrows.)
LIVERPOOL & DUBLIN STEAM PACKETS - (16019)
After the title: 'some of the finest peasntry [sic] in the World' [O'Connell's phrase]. A squalid and ragged group on the deck of a vessel: a haymaker holding a rake, a stout woman, three children, and a fat pig. See No. 16126.
LAW INTELLIGENCE (16020)
Wetherell (left) and Sugden (right), both in wig and gown, face each other with clenched fists. Between them is a post inscribed 'Plank', topped by a (police¬man's) head, which says 'Keep the Peace', and with constables' staves for arms. Sugden: 'No man living shall use such language to me'. Wetherell: 'You know your remedy'. Lyndhurst runs towards them from a distance, adjusting his glasses, and calling to Wetherell: 'Knock 'em down knock the X down first'. Below: 'One were afeard—and tother dare'nt and so they dident—and thats all'. In a Chancery case Wetherell complained of want of courtesy. Sugden explained that it had been brought on in his (Sugden's) absence. Wetherell: 'I beg that I may not be interrupted.' Lyndhurst confirmed that Sugden had had nothing to do with it. The two principals are correctly quoted. A duel was pending: both men were taken before a magistrate and bound over to keep the peace. The Times, 12 and 15 Dec. 1829.
NAVAL INTELLIGNCE [sic] (16021)
A half-length portrait of the Duke of Clarence, staring hard at a model of a man-of-war which supports a large royal crown and a flag inscribed 'Clarence'. He holds the ship in both hands. His succession is anticipated, as in No. 15689.
THE POISON TREE (16022)
The 'Tree' supports a retort, decorated with an hour-glass transfixed by Death's javelin, and a large coiled serpent from whose jaws smoke issues inscribed (thrice) 'Cheap Gin'. Drunkards fall from its branches, others sit, stagger, or lie below it, and in the background are vast multitudes of tiny figures clamouring for the poison. See No. 15979, &c.
PARISH BUSINESS (16468)
An almost spherical beadle hurries along, holding out his mace, saying to a little ragged boy, 'Get out of the way their Honors are coming'. A procession of pomposities follows, the first pair arm-in-arm; one says: 'I hope the Turbot mill not be over done'. Below: 'Walking the Boundaries'.
SCIENTIFIC TERMS NO. 1 (16467)
A labourer falls from a haystack on to the prongs of a pitchfork. Below: 'Musick—An accidental Sharp'.
SKETCHES FROM THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS - 1 (16023)
The handsome bird (the golden eagle), with beak projecting from Wellington's profile, stands on a horizontal staff terminating in a (French) Imperial Eagle inscribed 'N'. He is surrounded by leaves. Above: '"His Laurels are Green Tho his locks Grey'. Exceptionally favourable to the Duke. Cf. Nos. 15918, 16052.
Sea-sick passengers in an upper and lower berth. Below: 'Stewad! Stewad [sic] 0 dear—'
MARRIAGE - A REFLECTION (16470)
A couple sit back to back, a parrot on a tall perch between them. A crawling child tugs at a cat's tail. The man reads, his feet on the fender; the wife droops, dejectedly idle.
Two grim-looking mutes with mourning scarves on poles.
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Height: 374 millimetres
Width: 264 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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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