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- Object: John Bull surrounded by the Swell Mob
John Bull, in old-fashioned dress with breeches and buckled shoes, is surrounded by five Tories all wearing top-hats. He is in back view with his left hand on a heavy cudgel, his right hand protecting his coat-pocket. He turns pugnaciously to Eldon (right), who is more battered and shrunken than the others and holds a handkerchief (his booty). Eldon: 'Come dont shove me because I'll take the Law of you'. The others are on J. B.'s left. Wellington, nervously apprehensive, is about to twitch a paper from J. B.'s pocket; Cumberland puts a hand on Wellington's shoulder, saying, 'Let us be off here's old Grey wig and Broom-stick coming'. Lyndhurst turns to look at him with a sly scowl. The fifth is (?) Carnarvon.
In the background (left) Brougham addresses a policeman who wears a shoulder-cape: 'Policeman keep a sharp look out after them Fellows. I suspect they want to rob that old Gentleman'. Beside him stands Grey, holding his hat and looking over his shoulder; he says: 'Oh! I know them well they are all noted Thieves!' c. May 1832
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Height: 272 millimetres
Width: 365 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
Apparently a satire on the "Days of May", see No. 17032, &c.; for the Swell Mob see No. 16669, &c. An unusually favourable rendering of a policeman, see No. 15768, &c.
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