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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0612.1286

  • Title (object)

    • Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
  • Description

    Alderman Wood, a dumpy figure with a large head, lies on his back, arms and legs in air, with mud splashing up all round him. He has fallen from a high wall adjoining the gate (left) of Brandenbourg House [cf. No. 13852]. An angry lion (? in stone), with tail erect, stands on the wall by the gate, looking down at him. Two scrolls hang precariously from the coping: 1821 A Baronet, 1821 A Lord, 1823 A Duke— 1824 * * * *, 1825 *****. and Expectations.—Wardenship of St Catherines [see No. 14131, &c], Lord Mayor for Life, Prime Minister, Commander in Chief. A scroll inscribed Cornwall Mines is falling. On the ground beside him are two papers: The Alderman's Rise— Errend Boy. Shopman. Bagman. Alderman &c &c &c &c &c &c &c, and: Old Wood to be Sold Cheap [cf. No. 14147]. Through the iron gate are seen the trees and grounds of the house.
    Sept 19 1821
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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1821
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 280 millimetres
    • Width: 225 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image, artist's name "Richd Dighton Invt & Sculpt" and publication line: "London Pubd by G. Humphrey 27 St James's St. Septr 19. 1821."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    John Bull (19 Aug. 1821) called Wood 'Humpty Dumpty', on account of his supposed dismay at not being mentioned in the Queen's will (see No. 14247). According to other allegations in the paper he was in financial difficulties, and 'Cornwall Mines' is an allusion to an unlucky or discreditable speculation. For his double mayoralty see No. 12809. For the Queen's will and codicils see Ann. Reg., 1821, pp. 391-3. The first baronetcy given by Queen Victoria was to Wood for his services to her father, see No. 12624; his second son (Lord Hatherley), whose first legal work was in connexion with Queen Caroline, became Lord Chancellor; his grandson, Sir Evelyn Wood, was a field-marshal. For Humpty Dumpty cf. No. 12017.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14248 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0612.1286

Alderman Wood, a dumpy figure with a large head, lies on his back, arms and legs in air, with mud splashing up all round him. He has fallen from a high wall adjoining the gate (left) of Brandenbourg House [cf. No. 13852]. An angry lion (? in stone), with tail erect, stands on the wall by the gate, looking down at him. Two scrolls hang precariously from the coping: 1821 A Baronet, 1821 A Lord, 1823 A Duke— 1824 * * * *, 1825 *****. and Expectations.—Wardenship of St Catherines [see No. 14131, &c], Lord Mayor for Life, Prime Minister, Commander in Chief. A scroll inscribed Cornwall Mines is falling. On the ground beside him are two papers: The Alderman's Rise— Errend Boy. Shopman. Bagman. Alderman &c &c &c &c &c &c &c, and: Old Wood to be Sold Cheap [cf. No. 14147]. Through the iron gate are seen the trees and grounds of the house.  Sept 19 1821  Etching

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Alderman Wood, a dumpy figure with a large head, lies on his back, arms and legs in air, with mud splashing up all round him. He has fallen from a high wall adjoining the gate (left) of Brandenbourg House [cf. No. 13852]. An angry lion (? in stone), with tail erect, stands on the wall by the gate, looking down at him. Two scrolls hang precariously from the coping: 1821 A Baronet, 1821 A Lord, 1823 A Duke— 1824 * * * *, 1825 *****. and Expectations.—Wardenship of St Catherines [see No. 14131, &c], Lord Mayor for Life, Prime Minister, Commander in Chief. A scroll inscribed Cornwall Mines is falling. On the ground beside him are two papers: The Alderman's Rise— Errend Boy. Shopman. Bagman. Alderman &c &c &c &c &c &c &c, and: Old Wood to be Sold Cheap [cf. No. 14147]. Through the iron gate are seen the trees and grounds of the house. Sept 19 1821 Etching

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