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Object: Private examination of the wooden sword conspirators.
Series: Figaro in London
Vol. 1; No. 18; a letterpress paper consisting of four pages, headed with wood-engraved vignette and illustrated with further cut on the first page. 7 April 1832
(1) vignette heading (BM Satires 16830), for description see 1870,1008.1468;
(2) PRIVATE EXAMINATION OF THE WOODEN SWORD CONSPIRATORS.
Six miserable, misshapen raggamuffins stand in an irregular row, holding sticks or wooden swords. They are drilled by a seventh, with a wooden sword, whose stance is rather less unsoldierly.
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Height: 286 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 220 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- Six men 'belonging to the Trades' Union' were arrested for unlawfully training in the use of arms (see No. 13504). One of them, Murphy, an ex-soldier, had undertaken to teach them fencing and the use of the broadsword. They were charged at Marlborough Street Police Court on 28 Mar. and discharged on their recognizances on 1 Apr. No further proceedings were taken. The Times, 29 Mar. and 2 Apr. The Figaro article is an attack on the police (see No. 15768) as 'a disgrace to the country', a force established by Peel and Wellington and attached to their old masters. See No. 16990.
In a bound volume containing "Figaro in London" Vols. I and II (1832-1833). Subsequent volumes (III, IV, V, VI and VII) are kept at 298*.a.20 to 22. For group record for Vols. I to VI see 1870,1008.1467-1937. Vol. VII is registered separately as 1982,U.4511.
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Associated Title: Figaro in London
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