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- Object: The man wot's appointed rat-catcher to the King!
Wellington as a rat-catcher walks to the left, head turned in profile to the right, left hand with fingers spread and thumb close to his nose. In his right hand is a dome-shaped wire cage full of rats. His accustomed blue coat and white trousers are dilapidated, the trouser-straps dangling round his boots; across his shoulder is a broad band on which are rats (or rat-skins), as worn by rat-catchers, but decorated with a royal crown at which two rats are sniffing. From the band hangs a bag. In his misshapen high-crowned hat, marked 'GR', is a tobacco-pipe. At his heels is a bandy-legged cur with the head of Peel. The Duke: 'I say Mister that-ere Story won't do, Rats aint to be Ketched without bait you know! I ha! got a few fat-Church-feeders here, and I did'nt Ketch them wi nothing!!' June 16 1829
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Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 251 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A seeming aspersion on the bishops who had supported Catholic Emancipation, see No. 15713. For Peel as rat-catcher see No. 15682, &c. Perhaps an imitation of a pl. by W. Heath, see No. 15805 .
In the bottom right-hand corner is a little obese figure in imitation of W. Heath's Paul Pry apparently intended for J. B.
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