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A sketch of the row in Parliment Street

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  • Title (object)

    • A sketch of the row in Parliment Street
  • Description

    A pugilistic encounter between two old market-women who are Eldon (left) and Wellington (right). Eldon is much the stouter and more purposeful, facing his enemy grimly and aggressively. He has a basket of oranges (emblem of the Orange Lodges) beside him, and wears a flat wide-brimmed hat. Wellington wears a soldier's coat over his skirt and apron (as beggar-women or basket-women often did, cf. (e.g.) BM Satires No. 15763). His profile is apprehensive, his hands loosely closed and on the defensive. Each has a bottle-holder; that of Eldon is John Bull, a stout yokel who puts his hand on his principal's bulging posterior, saying, 'Welldone-—old Mother Baggs—you have got the best bottom after all. see what it is to have a good Constitution—give it her—she has'ent got the Mounshears to deal with now.' Wellington's supporter is a bare-legged Irish ragamuffin with a pipe thrust in his little hat. He capers excitedly, putting a hand on Wellington's back to push him forward, saying, 'Murder ye ould cat kape your fists Tight—or you'I let the Ould Orange-Woman bate ye clane.' In the background is a freely sketched crowd of spectators, women of St. Giles or Billingsgate. Two only are characterized: a fat woman with parson's wig and bands, with a basket of 'Oxford Sauce' on her head, looks over her shoulder at a handsome young virago (Peel), who is shouting at her, to say: 'Come give us none of your Jaw—Mother peel'.
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1828-1830
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 260 millimetres
    • Width: 373 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's signature [Paul Pry], text within image and publication line: "Pub by T McLean 26 Haymarket where political & other Caricatuers are dail [sic] Publishing"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
    Wellington replaces Canning as Eldon's antagonist in 1827, see No. 15369. Perhaps a comment on the debate in the Lords on 4 Apr. on the second reading of the Catholic Relief Bill, in which Wellington accused Eldon of having thrown "a large paving-stone instead of ... a small pebble". 'Parl. Deb.', N.S. xxi. 391, see No. 15831. For Peel and Oxford see No. 15683, &c. See also No. 15723, a sequel; cf. No. 15745.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 15721 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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