- Museum number
Object: Licenced victuallers
Object: [King and Queen]
Object: General mourning!!! [for George IV]
Object: For Van Demon's Land direct
Object: City intelligence
Object: Want places (BM Satires 16194, but inc. 'As chief singers at a Theatre where no hissing is allowed' (BM Satires 16512))
Object: The royal preacher the best.
Object: Moustachious his majesty does not admire
Object: The weather
Object: The elections in France
Object: Algiers - Bourmont at home
Object: Died Miss Arabella Addelhorror
Object: Scene from Hamlet.
Object: Jewish disabilitys
Object: The new Jonah B-ng-n
Object: St Michael of London.
Object: Inconvenienc [sic] of Irish servants.
Object: John Bull & his new police.
Object: England's best bower not a maker of bows.
Object: His Majisty [sic] has discharged the German band.
Object: New publication devils (a printers) walk
Object: Ap-y House breakfast time
Object: The Scarlet and his bantling.
Object: Irish affairs. | The absentee
Object: Colonial slavery
Series: The Looking Glass No. 8.
Caricature magazine of four folio pages, in the form of a (fortnightly) newspaper. 1 August 1830
Lithographs as follows:
LICENCED VICTUALLERS (16509)
Two grossly obese aldermen, in robes and chains, walk as if in procession past an obsequiously bowing beadle with a mace.
[KING AND QUEEN] (16190)
Centre design (no title): irradiated heads of William IV and Queen Adelaide (flattered).
GENERAL MOURNING!!! (16191)
(For George IV.) Design in a black-bordered rectangle, placed hatchment-wise, containing a fantastic and terrifying giant, in a general's uniform, who intimidates a small dandy, with a baton inscribed 'Fashion' he demands: 'How dare you appear without a black coat?' Dandy, flinching under a street lamp: 'Tailor wou'dn't Trust me sir'. Behind is silhouetted the Achilles statue (see No. 14376, &c). For the 'General' cf. No. 16533.
FOR VAN DEMON'S LAND DIRECT (16192)
The Devil, breathing smoke, propels a small boat, steering with his tail, his webbed wings forming sails. He carries on his pitchfork a screaming barrister, probably Scarlett (see No. 15910, &c), holding a paper: 'Law Lible' [sic]. The title parodies a shipping advertisement. Van Diemen's Land (Tas¬mania) was a convict settlement, with some free settlers.
A man and woman sit on a roof, each looking through a telescope. Two houses are placarded 'To Let'. Behind is the Pavilion. Above: 'Hope defer'd'. (Tradespeople and landladies anxiously expect the royal household, see No. 16279.)
A brandy-faced man smoking and drinking in an eating house is approached by a dwarfish waiter with a decanter of 'Water'. He wards him off, saying, 'cant "abide" it!!!' Cf. No. 16153.
CITY INTELLIGENCE (16511)
A drunken porter sprawls on the pavement, his knot beside him; a tipsy dust¬man standing by pours gin from a small tankard into his glass, saying, 'Spirits is "riz"'. The porter, holding up his quart pot, says 'And beer's fallen'. Cf. No. 16086, &c.
WANT PLACES (16194; 16512)
Column heading to five vignettes.  'As Chamberlain | As Chambermaid'. Lord Conyngham; Lady Conyngham holding a warming-pan. See Nos. 15872, &c, 16140.
 'As Chief Singers at a Theatre where no hissing is allowed'. (BM Satires No. 16512.) Wood and Miss Paton sit on chairs; he holds a roll of music, registering distress; she clasps him round the neck, her head on his shoulder. Beside her is a playbill: 'Dublin Mis...' Above: 'These horrid Irish wont take our notes'. See No. 16420, &c.
 'As Regent A young Man of good connexion's'. Bust portrait of Prince Leopold, frowning. See No. 16162.
 'As 'M.P's' Matchless & Old Grill!!!' Cobbett, with his gridiron (see No. 16123), walks arm-in-arm with Hunt who staggers tipsily, holding out a pot of his 'Matchless' (see No. 16575); behind is his blacking van. (Hunt contested Preston in August, and was at the bottom of the poll; but see No. 16539. In the summer of 1830 Cobbett was appealing for subscrip¬tions (£10,000) to secure his return to Parliament (e.g. Pol. Reg., 15 May), cf. No. 16261. He stood for Coventry in 1820, see No. 14039, and for Preston in 1826, see No. 15124.)
 No Title. The wig of George IV on a stand inscribed 'GR'.
THE ROYAL PREACHER THE BEST. (16195)
William IV, in royal robes, stands on the steps of the throne, extending an arm towards a pulpit (left) where a ranting preacher screams 'No Popery! No Popery!! Dearly beloved You'll be D—all!' [cf. No. 13109, &c.]. On the right a Catholic bishop leans from his pulpit to say 'Hold no faith with the cursed Heritic' [sic]. Between the pulpit and in the foreground a plainly dressed John Bull (left) takes the hand of a wildly capering Irish peasant (right). The King: 'Let Me express my ernest hope that the animosities which have prevaild on account of religious distinctions may be forgotten'.
MOUSTACHIOUS HIS MAJESTY DOES NOT ADMIRE (16513)
An officer (half-length), in shirt and braces, clips off his large moustache, gazing tragically into a looking-glass. Behind him is a plumed helmet. Above: 'I Trust Lady Julia will wear them in a locket'. See No. 16180, &c.
THE WEATHER (16514)
A cask of 'Butter', with human legs and arms, strides to the right, despite a restraining chain. Below: 'There is no keeping it'.
THE ELECTIONS IN FRANCE (16196)
Wellington (right) leans towards Polignac, who covers his face despairingly, to say confidentially: 'I say Polignac You have n't got the knack of manageing these matters as we do; Now you've dissolved them & stopt the press, Take care of Yourselves, we cant help You'. Behind (left) tiny stalwarts dance round a cap of Liberty placarded 'vive la Chambre', and (right) three lank British degenerates bow obsequiously; they say 'any thing; we can serve your Grace'. (One of many satires associating Wellington with Polignac and reaction; see No. 15861, &c. The French elections, completed on 19 July, and a defeat for Polignac, provoked the Ordinances, see No. 16208.)
ALGIERS - BOURMONT AT HOME (16198)
Bourmont, one hand on a cannon, sits arrogantly on the ramparts of Algiers, from which flies a Bourbon flag. He smokes a hookah and extends a jack-booted leg resting on cannon-balls to an Algerian who obsequiously kisses his boot; another grovels at his feet. From a distant cliff a tiny John Bull watches; he exclaims: 'Holloh what are you going to do with it'. (Bourmont, notoriously a firebrand, entered Algiers on 5 July; he was made Marshal of France on 22 July. See No. 16110.)
DIED MISS ARABELLA ADDELHORROR (16516)
A young woman studies at a reading-desk, surrounded by books. Below: 'Of a deep Blue'.
A sheet of music, 'God Save the King'. Below: 'To Immortal [scored through] Verse'. The tune is an early form, in A major with embellishments.
SCENE FROM HAMLET. (16515)
The ghost towers over a shrinking Hamlet, behind are battlements. Below: 'Ghost"—Mark Me / Hamlet"—I will!!! / "Ghost sings" The Blacking most approv'd throught [sic] the land Is Robert Warrens 30 Strand'. A satire on the Warren's advertising methods.
JEWISH DISABILITYS (16197)
A lank preacher extends his arm in a gesture of dismissal to a smiling and paunchy Jew, saying, 'Is it not written Your Nation shall be a scab a scorn a spitting; & would You sit in the House of C------s?' Jew: 'Mine goot friend it ish possiable midout spoiling Your Propheshie'. (See No. 15770, &c. Perhaps an allusion to Lopes, see No. 15683.)
THE NEW JONAH B-NG-N (16199)
A spouting whale inscribed 'Dublin Court of Admiralty' ejects a judge in wig and gown. (Sir Jonah Barrington, on evidence that he had appropriated money paid into his Court, was removed in 1830 from his office of Judge in the Irish Court of Admiralty, which he had held since 1797, on the unanimous Address to the King of both Houses. Parl. Deb., N.s. xxv. 1274, &c. (20 July).)
St MICHAEL OF LONDON. (16200)
Bishop Blomfield, poised on a tasselled cushion, is a large figure backed by clouds, suspended above and in front of little scenes. He uses a tilting-lance to spear a leg of mutton, shattering the dish carried by a poor man below and exclaiming 'Profane Wretch!!!' His victim cries 'Oh Lud! My Lord My Sundays Dinner'. On the left is 'Ap—y House On a Sunday!!!' Footmen carry large dishes from a kitchen while a military band plays 'Go to the Devil and shake yourself', and a bystander says: 'Grand Dinner Party Sir'. Behind are Wellington on the balcony of Apsley House, holding out his cocked hat, and the Achilles statue (see No. 14376, &c). On the right is a contrasted scene, 'Driving the Poor back into the Smoke on a Sunday': groups of people in the fields round London are threatened by cannon projecting from the clouds round the bishop. Some run towards the smoke-pall surrounding St. Paul's, &c.; two hold their ground, saying, 'Ve vont go back'. By the bishop are a tithe-pig and a decanter. The Devil leans from the clouds, pointing to the dinner party: 'Isay Bloomee that's where I shall Dine, You wo'nt disturb us, there'.
INCONVENIENC OF IRISH SERVANTS. (16518)
A cleric stands aggressively at a street-door, addressing an uncouth footman: 'Not at home! When will he be?' Footman: 'I'll "jest stip" in and ax him Sir'.
JOHN BULL & HIS NEW POLICE. (16201)
J. B., heavily overburdened with bundles inscribed 'Tax' on his head, and with a millstone of 'Debt' hanging from his neck, stands, angry and alarmed, between two savage dogs wearing police uniform. One barks: 'Nobody shall touch you if you carry it quiet But;' the other: 'You'd better carry it steady Or!!!' See No. 15768, &c.
ENGLAND'S BEST BOWER NOT A MAKER OF BOWS. (16202)
The head of William IV supported on an anchor wreathed with oak-leaves. (The best bower was one of two anchors carried at the bows of a vessel. O.E.D. A contrast with George IV, whose bow was famous (see No. 7439, cf. No. 14235) is intended.)
HIS MAJISTY HAS DISCHARGED THE GERMAN BAND. (16203)
George IV's bandsmen, in their striped liveries, hurry (left to right) in single file, each with his instrument and expressing his disgust; e.g. the trumpeter: 'Now let Fame "soun" de Trumpet'. The King stands in the background (right), arm extended, saying imperiously, 'March'. (William IV dismissed George IV's band 'and employs the bands of his Guards every night, who are ready to die of it, for they get no pay . . .'. Greville, Memoirs, 1838, ii. 13 (25 July).)
NEW PUBLICATIONS DEVILS (A PRINTERS) WALK (16519)
A ragged printer's devil knocks at a street-door: 'This is the tenth time I've been here Mr Scratch, Press is waiting'. (Editions of 'The Devil's Walk', by Coleridge and Southey, originally appear¬ing anonymously in the Morning Post, 6 Sept. 1799, appeared with additions by Southey in 1830. Parodies and adaptations followed, see No. 17011. Cf. NO. 17352.)
AP-Y HOUSE BREAKFAST TIME (16204)
Wellington leans on a balcony, elegant in Court uniform, looking through a glass. Below are soldiers among clouds of dust backed by the arch fronting Buckingham Palace (see No. 15675). He says: 'Now I think I see Him—No!— is that His carriage No!—I dont like it—Not as regards the Breakfast—But
I-do-not—like------It'. Behind him on the balcony are a lady and two peevish children and an exotic-looking officer, all anxious and annoyed. (One of many attacks on Wellington for haughtiness vis-à-vis the Crown, cf. No. 15500; for the breakfast see No. 16188.)
THE SCARLET AND HIS BANTLING. (16205)
Scarlett (left), in wig and gown and with ass's ears, stares horror-struck at a mutilated mannikin wearing a fool's cap inscribed 'Admin of Justice Bill'. From its shoulders projects (left and right) the broken beam of a pair of scales; it is supported on a crutch, has lost both arms and a leg, and has a long tail-feather. Scarlett: 'Bill My Boy who has so mutilated you, And where do you come from'. The Bill: 'The H------e of Lords Daddy'. Scarlett: 'Ah! well, III have You set to rights next Session'.
IRISH AFFAIRS. | THE ABSENTEE (16206)
After the title: 'Scene Naples Enter the Ghosts of Starv'd Irish Peasentry [sic]!!!' Four corpse-like and shadowy figures (right) with hay-rake and pitchfork extend menacing arms to a man (left) seated on a sofa with a courtesan. He registers terror; she leans towards him, glass in hand, unconscious of the spectres, a mandoline and music beside her. The room is luxurious, lit by a triple gas-chandelier; a table in the open window, which frames the Bay, with Vesuvius in eruption, is covered with wines and fruit.
COLONIAL SLAVERY (16207)
Five designs in two rows.  'The Slave'. A planter savagely raises a whip to flog a prostrate black woman at whose head sits a black man, saying, 'She dead Massa'. Planter: 'Then I wish I'd sold her that's all'. In the distance slaves toil under a palm-tree.
 'The Planter who Murderd the Slave!!!' He stands on a verandah, full-face whip in hand, scowling. Close behind him, his wife, an elderly virago, reclines on a sofa, fanning herself, In the background lies a black corpse. Planter: 'Wot are You stareing at? shant a man do as He likes with his own. Ax your Duke of N—c—l' [see No. 15884, &c.].
 'The Govenor sorry to punish the murdrers!!!' In military uniform, with boots, he writes 'To the Colonial Secretary'. Above (his letter): 'Its' realy a pity to punish such respectable people, the whole Island take part with them'.
 'The M P's who approve of the Govenor'. A scene in the Commons. A wasp-waisted member speaks, posturing unpleasantly. Members on the back benches register cynical approval. He says: 'We are all Gentlemen, the worthy Govenor's a gentleman the Planters are Gentlemen a Slave's a Slave'.
 'The Electors who return the M.P!!!' Two men in conversation, one elderly and paunchy, a pen behind his ear, says: 'What "sinnifies" It's My Intrest'. A younger man on an office-stool covers his face, saying, 'Murderer!!!'
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Height: 418 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- Curator's comments
- Notes to No. 16200:
See No. 16130. 'A Churchman' in a letter to The Times of 27 July, had appealed to the Bishop against the 'unfortunate scenes' on Sunday, 25 July before Apsley House: the band of the Grenadier Guards playing military airs and waltzes for a public dinner to great officers of state, &c.
Notes to No. 16205:
A Government Administration of Justice Bill was much amended in the Lords; Scarlett was angry at the alterations. Ellenborough, Diary, 1881, p. 312 (16 July). He afterwards denied that the amendments had materially altered it. Parl. Deb., N.s. xxv. 1309-13.
Notes to No. 16206:
Distress in Ireland, leading to civil disturbance and to deaths from starva¬tion, was attributed to want of employment. Grattan (29 June) urged a tax on absentees, who drew £10,000 or £20,000 a year from their Irish estates. Parl. Deb., N.S. XXV. 718. See Nos. 16726, 16754.
Notes to No. 16207:
As a prelude to his Yorkshire election campaign Brougham made an important speech on 13 July, urging the mitigation and eventual abolition of slavery in the Colonies (cf. No. 16393). He instanced the case of Mr. and Mrs. Moss of Barbadoes (here depicted) whose slave-girl died from flogging; they were sentenced only to a small fine and five months' imprisonment. The Governor (Lt.-General Sir Lewis Grant) appealed to the Colonial Secretary to remit the sentence on the grounds of their 'respectability': 'they are visited [in prison] by the most respectable persons in the place.' The defender of 'the Govenor' is Sir George Murray, Colonial Secretary; his speech is travestied. Parl. Deb., N.s. xxv. 1171 ff. The case of Henry and Helen Moss was the subject of an article by Fonblanque in the Examiner (England under Seven Administrations, 1837, i. 274-80). Cf. Nos. 15998, 16961.
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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