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- Object: His honor the beadle driving the wagabonds out of the parish!!!
A travesty of Wilkie's 'The Parish Beadle'. William IV (right) as the beadle, holding a tall mace topped by a crown and wearing gold-laced cocked hat and coat, drives out the ex-Ministers: Peel is the "cad" of BM Satires No. 15734, &c., but with an even more tattered coat; he leads a performing monkey dressed as a policeman; it looks round snarling, holding its top-hat behind it, to protect itself from the beadle's cane. Wellington is an active old woman playing a hurdy-gurdy slung from his shoulders; he wears a tattered soldier's coat as in BM Satires No. 15721. The others are (left to right), a man in military uniform, his head cut off by the margin, who holds his hands to his damaged posterior (Beresford, Master of the Ordnance), Melville, in a plaid, Lyndhurst and Scarlett both in wig and gown, Ellenborough, with disarranged curls, and Goulburn in his (ragged) Chancellor of the Exchequer's gown. The King: 'Come be off no hangers behind out with you all. I let you see I represent the Aristocracy of the Parish'. A fat and hideous John Bull behind him (ritght) says: 'Thats right—master Beadle do your duty and clear the Parish of the Varment they been a pest ever since they have been here'. Peel, furtively defiant, looks back to say 'Vell ve did all ve could to kick up a Row afore ve vent'. In the background are dim Ministerial underlings, also in flight. Nov 28 1830
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 377 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
See No. 16333, &c. The beadle, a parish officer, is the natural enemy of the New Police (see No. 15768, &c).
A copy, Grego, 'Hist. of Parliamentary Elections', 1892, p. 354.
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