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- Object: A broom against rakes!! Or the rencontre at Brookes's
Brougham (in wig and gown) and Raikes confront each other, prepared to fight, one with a big broom inscribed King's Bench, the other with two damaged rakes. They stand on each side of a fireplace; in a large mirror above it is a paper headed Apology. Brougham: I'll Broom him throug [sic] Westminster Hall and shew him the courage of a Barrister at Chalk-farm!! [a resort for duels]. Raikes: And I'll Rake you and your Stuff Gown from St Jame's Street to the Royal Exchange, and teach you a lesson not to travel out of the Record to animadvert on the beauty of a Gentleman of my consequence!! He wears a top-hat to which is tied a bill headed The Age. Each has a second, holding a pair of pistols, and a bottle-holder (thus combining the duel with pugilism). Brougham's second (actually Sir Robert Wilson) is an elderly naval officer, saying, that's right serve the Lubber out Mesmate. The bottle-holder is a severe-looking Scot in Highland dress; he says: Contrive to let the Magistrate know of this affair. Raikes's second (actually 'Kangaroo' Cooke): The Bishop of Bow Street will soon seize Old Harry! His bottle-holder is Ball Hughes who says: O, let them fight they'll not Use Ball. March 16 1827
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 15438. Raikes sent an apology to the club. A duel was prevented by the Bow Street magistrates. Both men were taken into custody by Bow Street officers, Brougham by Bishop, and gave bail at Bow Street. Bell's Life in London, 11 Mar. 1827. For the end of Brougham's stuff gown see No. 15406, &c.
George gives the date as 26 March 1827.
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