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Object: Turkish policy.
Object: State of the iron trade.
Object: Madame V's leg in the hand of a connoisseur.
Object: Beauties of open voting as shown in the election of city chamberlain.
Object: Awfull vision which appears to Earl G-y after every public meeting.
Object: New publications. | Tails of a grand father.
Object: Hood's Comic Annual.
Object: Letters on Demonology.
Object: Quarterly Review.
Object: The Devil to Pay.
Object: The tinker.
Object: How to keep the bears off" set up a pole.
Object: Punishment in France for the murder of thousands.
Object: The life of a labourer | content having food & raiment
Object: Beggard by misgovernment and receiving alms of the parish
Object: Punishment in England for a bloodless riot.
Object: Scene in the Court of Chancery.
Object: The retort courtious [sic], (Anecdote in the Chelmsford Chronicle.)
Object: Agitators agitated!!! On their trips to Liverpool.
Object: Boroughmongers brought to the bar!! or the question of compensation.
Series: Mc.Lean's Monthly Sheet of Caricatures or the Looking Glass. No. 14.
Lithographic caricature magazine of four pages on two leaves, in the form of a (monthly) newspaper; illustrations as follows. 1 February 1831
TURKISH POLICY. (16558)
The Sultan sits cross-legged on a dais between his vizier (left) and two surprised and disconcerted Russian officers (right). A messenger enters (left) holding up a large document with pendent seals: 'The Poles have revolted and driven the Muscovites from Warsaw'. The vizier bows, holding out an open bag of coins. The Sultan puts out his right hand, looking sideways at the Russians who stand on tiptoe; he says: 'Mahamoud be praised! then will our good friend the Czar allow us longer Credit, vizer put up the Zequins'. See No. 16543, &c.
STATE OF THE IRON TRADE. (16559)
A mechanic stands between two old cannons, like those used for street posts, an arm round each; one gun is labelled 'for Belgium'; the other, 'for Holland'. He exclaims 'ha ha let them fight it out'. (For the menacing Dutch-Belgian crisis see No. 16581. An early reference to traffic in munitions of war.)
A smart dandified clerk proffers a long bill, with '£30' as a total, to a disgruntled man in top-boots (right), saying, 'You are the gentleman I see who had three Hundred pounds worth of property destroyed by the rioters, here is a small account from our Office for prosecuting them'. The other, his hands in his breeches pockets, answers: 'Well!! that's one way to help a lame dog over a stile'. Behind are the ruins of a factory, including a wheel and two collapsing chimneys. (The 'Office' is presumably that of the Treasury Solicitor. For machine-breaking see No. 16400, &c.)
MADAME V'S LEG IN THE HAND OF A CONNOISSEUR. (16861)
Half-length figure of a burly figure with a constable's staff under his arm. He holds the cast of a woman's leg, saying, 'Oh I understand these here things cause vy? I fits the darbys on em'. See No. 16848.
BEAUTIES OF OPEN VOTING AS SHOWN IN THE ELECTION OF CITY CHAMBERLAIN. (16561)
Parallel files of top-hatted citizens, strung out on ropes encircling the neck of each, are dragged (left to right) by men who carry placards on poles. The foremost leader is very obese; his placard is 'Deputy double sides detachment'; he says: 'Come along you refractory dogs and vote as you are told'. The other placards are 'Commercial Docks division; Alderman th—pes troop; Bankers body guard'. (Sir James Shaw (see vols, viii-x) was elected Chamberlain in 1831. A plea for the ballot, see No. 16557, &c.)
AWFULL VISION WHICH APPEARS TO EARL G-Y AFTER EVERY PUBLIC MEETING. (16562)
Grey, in bed with closed eyes, is faced by John Bull (left) and his muzzled but barking dog, the collar inscribed 'J. Bull', emerging from clouds. John holds up a butcher's cleaver inscribed 'Vote By Ballot', saying, with fierce determination, 'I must have this and with it carve it to my own liking'. Grey, frowning uneasily: 'Rest perturbed spirit" ['Hamlet', 1. v] you shall have a reform but don't brandish that horrid cleaver'. See No. 16557, &c.
NEW PUBLICATIONS. (16862, column heading)
TAILS OF A GRAND FATHER.
One of four punning book-titles. An elderly man in old-fashioned dress stands in back view, looking to the right. He has a long thin pigtail and his coat-tails blow to left and right (Scott's Tales . . . were published 1828-30.)
HOOD'S COMIC ANNUAL.
[Scott's] LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY.
A printer's devil.
A soldier struck by an exploding shell (cf. No. 17384).
THE DEVIL TO PAY. (16863)
The Devil is a lawyer wearing gown, bands, and spectacles, with one cloven hoof and a long tail; he holds up an immensely long bill of costs to a frightened client who runs off to the right. Cf. No. 9814, 'The Lawyer winding up his Accounts'. The title is from a popular play by Coffey, see No. 7908.
THE TINKER. (16563)
Anglesey, as a ragged tinker with a peg-leg, holds out with both hands a big pot by the handle which terminates in the bewigged head of O'Connell in profile to the right, looking up at the tinker with a pert smile. On the pot are irregular patches inscribed 'Proclamation'. Anglesey, staggering under its weight, says, 'Here Goody Grey I can do no good with your Irish stew pot as fast as I mend one hole another breaks out'. Brazier, bellows, and tool-bag are on the ground. See No. 16551, &c. For tinker and pot cf. No. 16041, &c.
HOW TO KEEP THE BEARS OFF" SET UP A POLE. (16564)
William IV (left) and Louis Philippe (right), each holding a mallet, grasp hands across a rocky cleft, in which they have erected a pole topped by a cross-bar which is fixed to the rocks which flank the chasm. Behind the pole, in the cleft, savage bears try to advance.
PUNISHMENT IN FRANCE FOR THE MURDER OF THOUSANDS. (16565)
Polignac and a colleague play backgammon, watched by a third. On the left is a dinner-table, lit by a hanging gas chandelier, to which a cook is adding another dish. (Imprisonment in the fortress of Ham is represented as luxurious. See No. 16532, &c.)
THE LIFE OF A LABOURER | CONTENT HAVING FOOD & RAIMENT (16566)
A cottage interior. The man seated by the fire, his child on his knee, the wife bringing in a joint of beef. A big foaming jug is on the cloth-covered table.
BEGGARD BY MISGOVERNMENT AND RECEIVING ALMS OF THE PARISH (16567)
A fat overseer, pen in mouth, seated at a table, holds out a coin with morose contempt to a ragged weeping man. He says: 'John Coulter Pauper two shillings weekly'. Behind is a beadle wearing a cocked hat and holding a tall mace. (A true indictment of some parish-officers in the south of England.)
Ragged men and women kneel imploringly to Wellington who stands behind a cloud, saying, 'Inquire into your distress pho!! Nonsense'. See No. 16032, &c.; cf. No. 16569.
PUNISHMENT IN ENGLAND FOR A BLOODLESS RIOT. (16569)
Two designs:  'In ignorance tries to right himself and gets . . .'Yokels with pickaxes attack a barn containing 'Gripeall's Thrashing Machines'.  'Hang'd'. A judge, wearing a black cap, and Wellington, both three-quarter length, back to back, support a beam from which is suspended a hanged rioter. (The contrast with No. 16565 is that of No. 16532. An instance of animus against Wellington: Melbourne would be the appropriate figure.)
SCENE IN THE COURT OF CHANCERY. (16570)
Brougham stands in front of his seat, holding his tricorne hat in gloved hands. He turns to one of two elderly men who bow to him from left and right, saying, 'Gentlemen I have thought of this custom and really I cannot discover the utility of it'. In the foreground is a semicircle of interested and concerned barristers, watching the colloquy. Below the title: 'It has hitherto been the custom for two Gentlemen in black (masters in Chancery) to sit one at each end of his Lordships seat until his arrival when they slide gently off made a solemn bow & glided off to their carriages, His present Lordship has dispensed with the ceremony'. Cf. No. 16398, &c. No. 15928 has the same title.
THE RETORT COURTIOUS, (ANECDOTE IN THE CHELMSFORD CHRONICLE.) (16571)
O'Connell (left), in court dress, with sword, and chapeau-bras, stands facing Anglesey, who leans back in an arm-chair, beside a round library table. O'Connell: 'Whatever I may say of your Goverment I beg your Lordship will not think there is any thing personal'. Anglesey: 'Very good Mr O' Connell & give me leave to say that if you proceed as you have done you'll be hang'd but don't think this any thing personal'. Behind (right) are two sniggering footmen. See No. 16551, &c.
AGITATORS AGITATED!!! ON THEIR TRIPS TO LIVERPOOL. (16572)
Below the title: 'Recommended to the Great OC— & the rest of them as the best way of disposing of themselves for the good of their Country. (Steam boilers have burst & may again.)' An explosion in a small steam-packet, with men, whole and otherwise, suspended in the air above it, one clinging to a funnel; a fat, straddling, air-borne monk clutches bottle, cross, and rosary. O'Connell, much larger than the others, and holding a document, 'Repeal of Union', is supported horizontally by his gown; he shrieks in terror. See No. 16551, &c.
BOROUGHMONGERS BROUGHT TO THE BAR!! OR THE QUESTION OF COMPENSATION. (16573)
A judge (left) sentences two peers (three-quarter length) who stand before him, shackled together by the right and left wrists: 'Talk of wanting compensation because you are deprived of your plunder, why you are the most impudent thieves that ever came before me, But as the Prosecutor John Bull was much to blame for suffering himself to be so pillaged I shall pass but a light sentence—I therefore ordain that you each be branded on the forehead with the letter C.B. signifying Convicted Bo—rou—mon—g—s'. A third culprit is depicted, others are indicated.
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Height: 416 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 290 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- Notes to No. 16564:
The Polish revolt of November 1830 prevented the Tsar from carrying out his plan of armed intervention against revolution in France and Belgium. Neither England nor France gave the support to the Poles here suggested though from both countries there were professions of sympathy, and, in France, riotous demands for armed aid. In England ministerial acquiescence in Russian policy towards Poland was violently attacked by Radicals. See No. 16543, &c.
Notes to No. 16573:
The peers are the Marquis of Exeter and the Duke of Newcastle (Identifications are by E. Hawkins, that of the latter is self-evident). The principle of compensation, accepted by Lord J. Russell in 1823 (and part of Pitt's last Reform proposals), was not even suggested in 1831-2, though the confisca¬tion involved was denounced. Cf. No. 16293.
Bound in a volume ("The Looking Glass, Vol. II") containing nos. 13-24 for 1831. Vols. I to VII (1830 to 1836) are kept at 298.d.12 to 18.
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