- Museum number
Object: [Pl. 5. No title]
Series: Scraps and sketches
 "Pleading at the Bar." or—Popular Education—a Farce. Performed every Sessions. A realistic rendering of an Old Bailey trial. Behind the bar (left) are two small children, just peeping over the flower-strewn barrier. Facing them is the Clerk, standing with his back to the Counsel's table where, among others, a barrister is absorbed in 'The Times', turning his back on the proceedings. A jailor bends over one of the children, finger raised. Below:
'Dramatis Personae, Clerk, Jailor, Two Children, &c. &c. &c. &c &c &c Clerk— "Prisoners, you stand indicted with stealing one black pudding, value one penny—are you—Guilty, or Not Guilty?— Jailor— (aside to the Children) "Say not Guilty"— Children— "Not Guilty"— Clerk— "How will you be Tried"?
Jailor, (prompting) "Say By God & My Country"— Children— By God and my Country"—'
 "Chamber Practice—" Young lawyers carouse drunkenly. One sleeps on the floor leaning on two volumes: 'Coke' [upon] 'Lyttelton'. A broken lantern and a woman's hat are trophies from a nocturnal spree. Against the wall are pictures, 'Rakes Progress', and deed-boxes.
 "Trial by Jury." Twelve men in an empty room are engaged in a tug-of-war for 'Guilty' [five] against 'Not Guilty' [seven].
 'A Gentleman, intended for the Bar—' The head and shoulders of a villainous-looking derelict, with glittering eyes and menacing expression; he wears a battered hat.
 "Practising at the Bar"— A burglar, using a crow-bar, tries to open a shutter beside a closed Bar Door (right). His companion looks towards a watch¬man's box (left), lit by its lantern, saying, 'Blow that Watchman! he snores so loud! I'm afraid he'II vake the people'. On the wall are bills headed 'The Guardian' and 'The Examiner'. For legal puns cf. No. 14591, &c. ; for the sleeping watchman, No. 9101. 20 May 1828
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Height: 278 millimetres (approx. sheet)
Width: 382 millimetres (approx. sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Fifth plate of a series of six, stitched together with a paper front cover. See curator's comment for 1978,U.158.1.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A reproduction of , Veth, p. 71.
A sheet of pencil sketches, autographed, for all subjects with additional studies (not used), including 'The New Drop or Old Bailey . . .', a row of gibbets on a platform; a turkey-cock or 'Special Pleading'. See also No. 15620. There is also a study for 15622 , 1891,1117.247 (Binyon, i. 292. P&D pressmark 199.c.2/247).
- Not on display
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- Prints and Drawings
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179