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- Object: Preparations for the jubilee, or theatricals extraordinary.
Workmen (in the foreground) put the finishing touches to a row of booths, large tents, forming the background, with a flagstaff before each supporting a large placard, as in No. 10763. These placards, close together, extend almost across the design. They are (left to right):  Percival El—n and Co's Pic Nick Entertainments [cf. No. 9916, &c.]—Any Port in A Storm.  Don John's Booth—Set a Beggar on Horseback [cf. O'Keefe's farce] heel ride to Devil with the Row or a Fig for John Bull.  Mr Cannings Booth—The Double Dealer [Congreve] with the Duellist [Kenrick].  Ld Mulgrave's Booth—Chapter of Accidents [Sophia Lee] with Tis Well tis no Worse [Bickerstaffe].  Ld Castlereaghs Booth—The Revenge [Young] with Who would have thought it [James Cobb].  Lod Wellingtons Booth—The Wild Goose Chace [Beaumont and Fletcher] with The Wanderer [C. Kemble after Kotzebue].  Just arrived from Flushing—Ld Cheathams Booth a Comedy call'd Delays and Blunders [F. Reynolds] To which will be added He Woud be a Soldier [F. Pilon].  Mrs Clarkes Booth—A New Melo Drama call'd More Secrets than One with Various Deceptions.  Colonel Wardles Booth—Plot and Counterplot [C. Kemble] with the Farce of the Upholsterer [Murphy]. All the flagstaffs have flags except 7 which has a cocked hat; that of Perceval (1) has a Union flag, the others have some form of ensign. On J. P. Kemble's (2) are the words False Colours.
In the foreground (left) a bricklayer sits on a basket holding a brick and a trowel, with a pile of bricks at his feet. Others talk, or watch, or work, two haul at the ropes of the placards, one (right) with easel and brushes works on the inscription of 9. An obese butcher with a tray under his arm, walks in profile to the left. A man behind a small table uses a flat-iron. A kneeling mason chisels a stone. A 'cit' with a frothing tankard and a man holding a saw are much amused at Chatham's placard (7).
Plate numbered 110.
24 October 1809.
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
The Jubilee was held on 25 Oct. to celebrate the day on which the fiftieth year of the reign opened. Romilly notes in his diary: 'This Jubilee is a political engine of the Ministers; and no doubt they would have derived great advantage from it, if the failure of their rash and foolish expeditions, and their own despicable quarrels and intrigues, had not made so unfavourable an oppression on the public.' The first booth relates to Perceval's attempts to form a ministry after the resignation of Canning and Castlereagh, see Nos. 11383, 11527. 'Don John' (2) is J. P. Kemble, and the allusions are to the O.P. riots, see No. 11414, &c. Canning's intrigues (3) had led to his duel with Castlereagh, and his own resignation, see No. 11370, &c. Mulgrave (4) as First Lord of the Admiralty is pilloried, like Chatham (7), for the Walcheren Expedition, see No. 11364, &c. Castlereagh (5) is attacked as the successful duellist; Wellington (7) is pilloried for the Talavera campaign (see No. 11358), which was violently attacked both in Parliament and by the Opposition Press, especially by Cobbett, see No. 11379. Mrs. Clarke (8), after the closure of proceedings against the Duke, see No. 11269, &c, showed that she had more explosive secrets by proposing to publish her memoirs, see No. 11315, and by her triumph over Wardle, see No. 11341, &c, which is also the subject of 9. Cf. The Jubilee; or, John Bull in his dotage. A grand National Pantomime; as it was to have been acted by his Majestys Subjects, on the twenty-fifth of October, 1809. By the author of Operations of the British Army of Spain. (B.M.L. 1080. i. 23). Musical sketches on the Jubilee were played on 25 Oct. at Covent Garden, the Haymarket, and the Lyceum. See European Magazine, 1809, p. 384 f. For the Jubilee see also Nos. 10490, 11366, 11368, 11379, 11380, 11382, 11575, 11589.
Grego, Rowlandson, ii. 166.
The plate number written in pen.
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