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Object: Conservative dinner.
Series: Figaro in London
Vol. 1; No. 50; a letterpress paper, consisting of four pages, headed with wood-engraved vignette and illustrated with further cut on the first page. 17 November 1832
(1) vignette heading (BM Satires 16830), for description see 1870,1008.1468;
(2) CONSERVATIVE DINNER.
Wellington, in uniform, is in the chair at a low table; facing him as 'Vice' is a repulsive bishop (Phillpotts). From under the cloth peeps out a demon-dog gnawing a bone inscribed 'Bribe'. Lyndhurst (?) sits on the Duke's right, carving a joint inscribed 'Division of Countie's. Next to him is Wetherell eating 'Bristol Fire' [see No. 16820, &c.]. On Wellington's left is a bishop (Van Mildert, founder of Durham University in 1832), eating a tithe-pig and stirring a pot of 'Durham Mustard'. Next to him is Newcastle, holding up a glass inscribed 'My Own' [see No. 15884, &c.]. Next to him is (?) Peel, intent on food. Cumberland's features emerge from smoke, as does the head of a trumpeter blowing the trumpet of the Tory Press, the 'Morning Post' and the 'Standard'. Wellington appeals to the guests to neutralize the effects of the Reform Bill, and to 'stick through thick and thin to our present institutions by which, of course, we understand places, pensions, and sinecures'. The back of his chair is centred by a skull.
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Height: 286 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 220 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- 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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