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- Object: By St Peter this is no Sham-or-a new cut for the groom of the stool.
A fracas in St James's Street, before a corner-house. A handsome manly young man, Webster Wedderburn, seizes a dandy, Petersham, by the collar, and raises a horse-whip. He says: What I have caught you have I Master Sham Peter how dare you attempt to injure my Wifes character by saying you could play my part as well as I can, you boasting lying Dandy. take that! and that! and that!!!—. Petersham, wasp-waisted and with beard and moustache, holds up both arms, exclaiming, Me Sir! you labour under a Mistake I am a Gentleman and will resent this Insult some other time. Bystanders on the pavement watch. A lady (left) says: Oh! my dear Lord, I am afraid will be killed. An officer and a civilian, arm-in-arm (right) say: he shews the white feather again. A little boy with a hoop grins up at Petersham, saying, what a Dandy oh ah. From a first-floor window a maidservant and a little girl look down; the child says: La! Betty he has been naughty!
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Height: 377 millimetres
Width: 275 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
A paragraph appeared in the British Press, 5 Apr., headed 'Extraordinary fracas in High Life', stating that in a rencontre between Mr. W. W. and Lord P., Mr. W. used his cane and the most opprobrious epithets. A correspondence between Lord Foley, acting for Petersham, demanding an explicit and public denial, and Col. Charles Palmer, for Wedderburn, assenting to a modified denial, was sent by the latter to the Morning Post, 17 Apr. Petersham, see No. 13029, had been paying attentions to Lady Frances Wedderburn; Greville writes, 15 Apr., 'I know that P. was cudgelled . . .', Memoirs, 1938, i. 116. Princess Lieven gives the story. Letters to Metternich, 1937, p. 132.
The duel followed on 21 Apr. Petersham, 'the superlative roué of the age' (Westmacott, London Spy, i. 232), was a Lord of the Bedchamber. James Webster Wedderburn (1789-1840) was an officer of the 10th Hussars. See Nos. 14279-85.
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