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Object: Dissolution of parliament.
Object: Hobhouse in 1819. Hobhouse in 1832.
Series: Figaro in London
Vol. 1; No. 53; a letterpress paper, consisting of four pages, headed with wood-engraved vignette and illustrated with two further cuts on the first and second pages. 8 December 1832
(1) vignette heading (BM Satires 16830), for description see 1870,1008.1468;
(2) DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT.
A shallow bowl, supported on a stand, acts as 'Filter of Public Opinion', the liquid pouring through it into a pool inscribed 'Freedom Integrity Talent'. This comes from a receptacle marked with a crown and inscribed 'Dissolving Acid' [i.e. Reform], and issues from a tap which William IV turns on, while he stirs the contents of the 'Filter'. These are 'the last mass of corruption' and consist of the heads of Tories surrounded by viscous fluid with inscriptions. The six in the centre of the heap are Wellington, 'Obstinacy'; Eldon, 'Corruption'; Lyndhurst; Wetherell, 'Buffoonery'; Goulburn, 'Corruption'; Newcastle, 'Tyranny' [see No. 15884]. The three others are (?) Wharncliffe, 'Folly'; (?) Aberdeen, 'Corruption', and (undescribed) Peel. (Parliament, prorogued since 16 Aug., was dissolved by Proclamation dated 3 Dec. William IV has recovered favour with Figaro, cf. No. 17127.)
(3) HOBHOUSE IN 1819. HOBHOUSE IN 1832.
Above: 'THE WHIG SECRETARY AT WARS IDEA OF MILITARY FLOGGING, BEFORE AND AFTER TAKING OFFICE'. Two designs separated by a vertical line.  Hobhouse, holding out the skirts of his coat, screens a soldier who crouches behind him. He says: 'No Flogging! One Lash Degrades as much as A Thousand!'  A soldier with a bleeding back is lashed to a post; Hobhouse stands beside him with a scourge across his shoulder and 'Official' papers in his pocket. He extends his hand towards a paper inscribed '£30' in the victim's pocket.
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Height: 286 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 220 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- Notes to No. 17325:
An attack on Hobhouse as Secretary-at-War, and for his attitude to Somerville, see No. 17304. He is blamed for tardiness in the discharge of the latter, and for the demand of £30 as purchase-money. He is also attacked in the text by epigrams and a verse-satire; he and Burdett are a 'Brace of apostate, drivelling, dreary Whigs'. In 1819 Hobhouse was imprisoned for breach of Privilege, see No. 13501, thus securing his return for Westminster in 1820. An election satire, see No. 17325, &c.
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 names
Associated with: George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
Associated with: Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet
Associated with: John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
Associated with: Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover
Associated with: Henry Goulburn
Associated with: John Cam Hobhouse, 1st Baron Broughton
Associated with: John Singleton Copley, Baron Lyndhurst
Associated with: Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle
Associated with: Sir Robert Peel
Associated with: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Associated with: Sir Charles Wetherell
Associated with: James Archibald Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Baron Wharncliffe
Associated with: William IV, King of the United Kingdom
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Associated Title: Figaro in London
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