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- Object: The retreat-or-the glorius 18th of June 1829!!
Wellington (left) escapes in profile to the left, carrying George Bankes on his shoulders, the latter's head being hidden by the plume from the Duke's cocked hat, in which there is also a sprig of laurel. Turning his eyes anxiously backwards towards his pursuers, he says: 'I must take care of these Banks or they'll upset me.' Behind him walks a drink-blotched and John-Bullish parson (a Cambridge don) carrying on his shoulders a small boy who flicks a whip towards Bankes's back. From the boy's waist floats a label inscribed 'Cavendish Square'. Between pursuer and pursued is a signpost, one arm pointing (left) 'To London', the other (right) 'To Cambridge', where quasi-collegiate Gothic buildings are seen behind trees. [18th June 1829]
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- 1829 (?)
Height: 349 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
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- The date '18 June 1829' is inscribed in the bottom right corner with pen and ink.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A satire on the by-election for Cambridge University on 18 June (anniversary of Waterloo) at which the Government unsuccessfully supported George Bankes against William Cavendish (1808-1901, afterwards seventh Duke of Devonshire). Though Bankes had voted against Emancipation he was reinstated as Secretary to the Board of Control in June (and therefore resigned his seat for Corfe Castle to which he was re-elected on 2 July). See Greville, 'Memoirs', 1938, i. 295; 'Hist. of the Times', 1935, pp. 265-7. For the reputed insecurity of the Duke's political position see No. 15817.
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