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Object: Times revolutions.
Series: Figaro in London
Vol. 1; No. 56; a letterpress paper, consisting of four pages, headed with wood-engraved vignette and illustrated with further cut on the first page. 29 December 1832
(1) vignette heading (BM Satires 16830), for description see 1870,1008.1468;
(2) TIMES REVOLUTIONS.
Time, winged and almost naked, and on a pedestal, his scythe and hour-glass at his feet, works a crank attached to the hub of a great wheel divided into four equal sections: 'Whigs' uppermost, 'Republicans' at the bottom, 'Radicals' (left) ascending, and 'Tories' (right) descending. Each section has a party of little men with a banner. The Whigs, with a 'Reform Bill' banner, are at ease, at their apogee, waving their hats; Brougham and Grey can be identified. The Republicans, with the banner of 'Equality' on the ground, are being crushed under the wheel. The Radicals, with the banner of 'Real Reform', are clinging painfully to the rim of the wheel or to each other, but are on the up-grade. The Tories are falling off, head first, with Wellington still clinging to the wheel. Their banner is 'Inservation' [sic].
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Height: 286 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 220 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- Seymour's print is described as prophetic: 'to the Republicans he has given a placid expression [not apparent] denoting in them the fullest conviction that Time prompted by Improvement, will eventually assign to them the highest place on the common wheel.'
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.
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Associated Title: Figaro in London
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