- Museum number
Object: Fashionable fabrics
Object: The First of May.. Jack in the green -
Object: The Vestminster neddy coveys & their ass
Object: Opening the beer trade
Object: Whitecross Street Prison
Object: Parliamentary business.
Object: Laconic bulletin's
Object: The wickedness of London
Object: Royal Museum
Object: Florishing state of the Swan River thing -
Object: French expedition against Algiers
Object: Consolation from a punning friend
Object: The rival McHeaths or the select vestris against the would-be over-see-her.
Object: New publications - musick
Object: The Brummagem member -
Object: Cabinet conversations - No. 1
Object: Full pay - half pay
Series: The Looking Glass No. 5.
Etched caricature magazine of four pages on two leaves, in the form of a (monthly) newspaper; illustrations as follows. 1 May 1830
FASHIONABLE FABRICS (16484)
Two columns.  'The Quiet Cut'. A dandified man in top-hat, trousers, and double-breasted frock-coat, holding a cane
 'Rude—or Artful Cut'. A raffish man, in bell-shaped top-hat, breeches, and top-boots looks through an eye-glass, inset in a riding-switch
 'The Tuscan Order'. A lady, eclipsed by a straw bonnet (product of Tuscany), in fashionably cut clothes without trimmings
 'Corinthian-Order'. A lady in ornate evening dress, her hair in upstanding loops and decked with flowers; cf. No. 14320.
THE FIRST OF MAY.. JACK IN THE GREEN - (16103)
John Bull's feet and melancholy face appear from the traditional pyramid of greenery which is topped by crown, mitre, anchor, parson's wig and Life Guard's helmet. Peel, as a milkmaid with a long ladle, and Wellington, in cocked hat and finery to suggest the costume of chimney-sweeps on May Day, dance round it, with Lyndhurst in wig and gown behind. Wellington: 'Come Johnny dance away—all your distresses will vanish now the Summer is coming on—'. J. B.: 'yes. yes but I find this very heavy work—besides while I bear all the Weight—you pick up all the Half pence'. Peel: 'and who should pick em up you warment'.
For national distress see No. 16032, &c. For Jack in the Green cf. Nos. 8772 (1795, in earlier May Day prints the London milkmaids are depicted, see No. 6740), 14227, 16670, 17013; also HB's 483, 'May Day in 1837'.
THE VESTMINSTER NEDDY COVEYS & THEIR ASS (16104)
Burdett rides a galloping ass which he incites to speed by a parcel inscribed 'Reform' held on a stick before its nose. Hobhouse stands behind, brandishing a stick and shouting 'Come up'. Burdett: 'I say Cam this is coming the artful dodge over him'. On the ass is a large pannier placarded 'Independent Electors'; to its tail is tied a paper: 'Purity of Reform'. The ardour for Reform of Radical M.P.'s for Westminster lacks sincerity, see No. 16058, &c. A seeming anticipation of the King's death and a general election, cf. No. 16099.
OPENING THE BEER TRADE (16105)
A London scene, St. Paul's in the background, partly hidden by froth. In the foreground (left) the corner of an ale-house is placarded 'To Let'; in place of houses, in a street receding from it in perspective, are huge casks and tents all with placards on posts: 'No Pyson, Beer' (several), and 'Ale'. In the fore¬ground (right) a cask of 'Porter' is placarded 'The Real Sort'. The space between them is filled with ladies who are beset by potmen and pot-boys, proffering tankards. A prophecy on the consequences of free trade in beer, see No. 16086, &c.
WHITECROSS STATE PRISON
Two ragged men smoking on a bench, one shying away from the other, saying 'I wish you would not come so near me fellow', the other, aggrieved, replying 'Vy, I'm as good a insolwent as you'; beneath the two the subtitle 'The levelling system.' (Not described by George.)
PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS. (16106)
A slim and dandified black footman sits in a chair reading a newspaper headed 'Post'. A paunchy British fellow-servant asks: 'What are the Commons about Thomas?' Thomas: 'Dem talk about Lord Ellenborough's Divorce Bill for the good of der Nation'. The Ellenborough divorce bill took up much of the time of the Commons during April; the third reading was carried on 6 Apr. by 86 to 16. See Nos. 16099, 16481, 17037.
LACONIC BULLETIN'S (16107)
A carriage with four galloping horses and two postilions drives in clouds of dust past a fat John Bull (right), who holds out both arms, saying, 'what are you in such a hurry about—can't you stop to speak a word with one'. The crests, &c. on the carriage are emblems of medicine-bottle, pestle and mortar, syringe, and a star. Sir H. Halford looks from the window, saying, 'can't stop', and holding out a placard inscribed 'BETTER'. (During the latter part of April there were favourable bulletins on the King, and Halford left Windsor early for town, returning in the evenings. On 22 May the Lancet, 1830, pp. 295-7, severely criticized the bulletins as 'utterly and entirely destitute of information'. See Nos. 16099, 16119, 16124.)
THE WICKEDNESS OF LONDON (16485)
A burly sailor, hands on hips, turns to a plainly dressed woman to say: 'Why you would hardly believe it—a Tip-top Lady picked my pocket of my Bacca Box.' She exclaims 'Oh lork'.
ROYAL MUSEUM (16108)
The skeleton of the King's giraffe, see No. 15839, stands between two big stoppered bottles, in each of which a turbaned Nubian with a skull-life face stands stiffly. Below: 'Since the Skeleton of the Giraffe was completed, it has been proposed to pickle the two attendants—which will make the Exhibition quit [sic] unique'. See No. 16143.
FLORISHING STATE OF THE SWAN RIVER THING - (16109)
A family of emigrants, man, woman and infant, two boys and a youth, are grouped in sullen despair on the shore, near a wrecked and battered ship (left). There is a small shelter (right) of timbers covered with sail or tarpaulin, placarded 'The Swan Tavern'. Beside a stagnant pool inscribed 'Water unfit for use' are bare bones.
FRENCH EXPEDITION AGAINST ALGIERS (16110)
The Dey of Algiers sits cross-legged on large buildings facing the sea, with a heavily fortified hill behind him, closely covered with houses. The bristling guns of a fort point out to sea. A fortified lighthouse is surrounded with ships at anchor. The Dey contemptuously smokes a long pipe, its smoke inscribed 'Puff', towards a distant Frenchman who postures on a hill (in France) behind a fleet making for Algiers. On a small island-hill, inscribed 'England', stands John Bull, a battered sailor on two peg-legs. The Frenchman: 'I say you Johnny Bullock, you shall see I will give him peppare—I will kill him all ovare— / shall send him to Davey—'. J. B.: 'Dont you make too sure of that, Mounsheer I was there myself once & only come off second best.'
CONSOLATION FROM A PUNNING FRIEND (16486)
A dejected man carries an infant and drags a go-cart containing two others, both screaming. A would-be dandy, carrying a closed umbrella, bends towards him, saying, 'Is that you Bob? you seem to have altered your Condition'. The parent: 'Yes me and Celestina made a Match of it ah—she has turn'd out such a Devil'. The other: 'All Matches are tipt with Brimstone you know'.
THE RIVAL MCHEATHS (16487)
Title continues: 'or the Select Vestris against the would-be Over-see-her.' Mme Vestris as Macheath, wearing leg-irons, but contemporary costume with top-hat, breeches, and top-boots, leans aggressively, hands on hips, towards a younger and taller Macheath. She says: 'I shall wear the breeches when I please—as for any thing else—I'm as good a man as you'. Her rival, holding his leg-irons, which are attached only to the ankles, looks at her with angry alarm. From his coat-tail pocket a goose's head projects towards Mme Vestris, with 'his' coming from its beak.
The head and shoulders of Wellington who grasps his chin, pursing his lips in anxious calculation. Above: 'If any thing particular should happen—we should be obliged to Cut our lucky —I fancy'. (An expression dating from c. 1830. See No. 16356). He seems to fear the King's death, see No. 16099. Cf. No. 16029, &c.
NEW PUBLICATIONS - MUSICK (16488)
 'Strike the light guitar'. A well-dressed virago raises a pair of tongs to bash a frightened man, who protects his head with a guitar
 'Through the Wood Laddye with Variations'. A bricklayer's labourer falls head first between the loose planks of a rickety scaffolding, dropping his hod and bricks.
THE BRUMMAGEM MEMBER (16112)
A scene in the House of Commons. The Speaker, the Clerks, and members on both sides of the House raise their arms in excited horror, shouting, 'A Stranger'. The Sergeant-at-arms, with the mace, and his assistant, seize a vulgar-looking man standing on the floor of the House, who exclaims 'Lord bless your honors I'm only a poor Button maker'. Cf. No. 16050.
CABINET CONVERSATIONS - NO. 1 (16113)
Wellington and Peel, elbows on the table, supporting their heads on their hands, face each other across a small table on which is a paper: 'A—B—C—'. Wellington: 'I say Bob—do you know what Economy means?' Peel: 'No'. For the Ministry's pledge to retrenchment see No. 16065. The jest may derive from No. 15619 .
FULL PAY - HALF PAY (16114)
A stout man wearing a rakish top-hat, a braided coat, and holding a riding-swich, says: 'I hold a good place & retain my Pay'. A tall thin man, in the dress of the New Police, with a medal, his right sleeve empty, and holding a baton, says: 'I hold a bad situation—& loose [sic] Pay'. Many of the New Police, see No. 15768, were old soldiers.
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Height: 357 millimetres
Width: 262 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Notes to No. 16109:
For the Swan River Colony see No. 15796, &c. By 1831 it was acknow¬ledged an 'all but total failure' owing to a mistaken policy of land grants. New British Province of S. Australia, 1835, pp. 94 ff. In 1830 it was being recommended to the industrious settler: Hints on Emigration to the . . . Swan and Canning Rivers, 4th ed. 1830. Shipping advertisements addressed to 'parties desirous of emigrating' there continued to appear, e.g. The Times, 30 Apr. 1831. Cobbett, under 'Advice to Emigrants' [to U.S.A.], wrote: 'I do not mean the poor foolish and base creatures who go to Swan River and Botany Bay, though they are not quite so foolish and base as those who go to Nova Scotia and Canada.' Pol. Reg., 24 Apr. 1830.
Notes to No. 16110:
On 26 Apr. The Times printed from the French papers (18 Apr.) a list of the naval and land forces destined for Algiers which was already blockaded. This move, threatening to turn the Mediterranean into a French lake, roused much uneasiness in England. See Wellington, Despatches, N.s. vi. 576 f., vii. 20 ff., &c. For J. B.'s remark cf. No. 12795. See Nos. 16150,16198,16237.
Notes to No. 16487:
In April Mme Vestris played Macheath in Gay's Beggar's Opera at Drury Lane despite the announcement that she would never again appear in the part. This caused a quarrel with a Mr. Joseph (or Joshua) Anderson with whom she was playing in Guy Mannering. A squabble broke out on the stage between Lucy (Mme Vestris) and Harry Bertram (Anderson), both being hissed or applauded by partisans. See C. E. Pearce, Madame Vestris, pp. 154-6, 172, 210. For 'Select Vestris' cf. No. 16367.
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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