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- Object: The tables are turned.
Mrs. Clarke rides astride a donkey with the head of Wardle, viciously raising a birch-rod. The rein is inscribed England expects every Man to do his Duty. A patterned rug with a plain border serves as saddle and is inscribed Turkey Carpet [see No. 11341]. To the tail is tied a long paper headed Mr Wrig[ht's] Bill. The animal flings up its hind-legs, kicking into the air a shower of furniture and household utensils, on a smaller scale than the two figures (? drawn by G. Cruikshank). These include chairs, a table, commode, grate, fire-irons, and one of the two 'Grecian sofas' (Ann. Reg., 1809, p. 359). On the ground is a pile of torn papers held down by gold boxes inscribed Thanks [twice], Gold, and Freedom. The papers are inscribed: From the City of London . . . and Freedom in a Gold Box; Lies against the Duke of York; Thanks to a Welch Billy Goat; Thanks to an ass; and Freedom [twice]. Mrs. Clarke, registering sly triumph, says:
I've a fine stud of Asses as ever was seen
This is one of the number from Westbourne Green
Gee up Neddy Came up Neddy &c
What do you think of my Neddy and me?—
Below the title: How are the Mighty Fallen!!!
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Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 246 millimetres
- Curator's comments
See also 1868,0808.7842, attributed to Rowlandson.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
A satire on Wright v. Wardle, and the gold-boxes, &c. See No. 11341, &c.
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