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- Object: The reform mill for grinding the old constitution young.
The Old Constitution, a corpse-like old man, reaches the hopper of 'The Reform Mill' by a ladder (left) whose rungs are 'Emancipation [see No. 15658], Test Acts [see No. 15530], A, B. &c. &c.' [the Schedules of the Reform Bill, see No. 17048]. His bandaged (but kicking) feet are inscribed 'Corrupt', he has crutches: 'Sarum' and 'Gatton'. Brougham and Grey turn the crank of the mill, while John Bull stands on the farther side with a pitchfork. From the spout of the mill slips a young and handsome Britannia, holding up a staff topped by a cap of Liberty.; proof before the published state.
- Production date
- 1832 (circa)
Height: 110 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 155 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
For bound volume of 'Figaro in London' Vol.1 1832 see 1870,1008.1467 - 1937 and 1870,1008.1495 for this impression.
For the rejuvenating or transforming mill cf. Nos. 10497, 16268.
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.
- Not on display
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Associated Title: Figaro in London
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