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- Object: The Court of Kings Bench turn'd into a Cock pit, or 800 symptoms of Ke[a]n Sport
C. J. Abbott sits above a rectangular enclosure (or 'pit') in which Cox (right) stands, pointing at his defeated opponent, Kean, who lies on the ground in the costume of Richard III (see BM Satires 12325). Gold-tipped antlers sprout from Cox's head; he wears an alderman's chain and holds a money-bag inscribed £800. Kean, supporting himself on both arms, scowls towards Cox, saying,
Perdition catch thy arm!—the chance is thine!
But oh! the vast renown thou hast aquired
In conquering Edmund does afflict him more
Than even did Charlottes mutation in love.
Now, let the world in future be my Stage,
To feed lewd vengeance in a lingering act;
And let one Spirit of the first born lust
Reign in all bosoms; that, each heart being set
On Crim Con actions, the rude scene may end
And lawyers be the burier of the dead!
Croak on Prostrate Richard or rise if thou wilt
For now have I branded the [sic] th' ungrateful guest
And never more shalt thou in triumph cry
Richards himself again! Go storm and fret
Thy brief hour on the Stage! & I will hast'n home
And assay the purity of that Gold
This day hath drawn reluctant from thy purse
Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious.
Behind the palisade, and on each side of, but below the judge, stand Counsel: Scarlett and his junior (Brougham) behind Kean (left); Denman (the Common Serjeant) and his junior (Chitty) behind Cox. Abbott holds out a pair of scales in his right hand, in which 800 outweighs a scale inscribed Case. He turns his head in profile to answer Denman: (Danmon) [who says] We anticipate my Lord £2000. (Abott) [Abbott] the case Mr Doneman hath been weighed in the balance and found wantg the jury have awardd thee a Keen £800—(Danman) What more my Lord (Abott) nothing Scarlot with his broom hath swept away the rest. Cox's Junior Counsel, whose face is hidden, says: Law wilt thou done, done! Brougham, who stands in front of Scarlett, says: Oh my Lord Mr Doneman is only a little jocose or so upon the name of the Ci-, divant [sic] Miss Newman's new man What more. Scarlett: I'll wager thee my bit of Scarlet [cf. BM Satires 14820] against thy bit of Law. Beside Scarlett stands Mrs. Cox, holding a closed fan; she looks down at the 'pit', putting two fingers (horns) to her forehead, and saying Bravo! go it my cocks. January 1825.
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Height: 245 millimetres
Width: 340 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 14710, &c. In Cox v. Kean, 17 Jan., Scarlett showed that Charlotte Cox, née Newman, had intrigued with one Watmore after the liaison with Kean. Denman asked for £2,000 damages, the jury gave £800. The Times, 18 Jan. 1825. Cox was an assayer of gold and a banker, a bankrupt in 1821. Brougham, having reverted to a stuff gown (cf. No. 14781), has to act as junior to K.C's.
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