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- Object: Limbs of the law
Two barristers in wig, gown, and bands, face each other in angry controversy. One (left) stands with legs astride, hands on hips, registering contempt, his head turned in profile towards the other (right) who advances aggressively, right arm extended, a paper clenched in his hand, a brief-bag tucked under his left arm. Between and behind them, in back view, stands a third barrister.
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Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
They are identified as Beresford Burston (see No. 9780), and MacNally (right), who is copied in No. 11411. MacNally (1752-1820) took briefs for the defence in Government prosecutions, disclosing their contents to the Crown lawyers, see No. 5550. One of the prints pirated by McCleary, see No. 11412.
The original pencil-drawing, endorsed 'W. Brocas', is in the Print Room. The gowns of the two antagonists are differently drawn, without the long full sleeves of the etching; there are other minor differences of costume.
Elmes, 'Catalogue of Engr. Irish Portraits', 1938, p. 126.
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