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High bred. Low bred. / Political Sketches

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  • Title (object)

    • High bred. Low bred.

    Title (series)

    • Political Sketches
  • Description

    No. 419. Two images of dogs with men's heads; on left, a dog seated in profile to right on the floor of an elegantly furnished room, with a document with a seal on the table and a glove on the floor (Sir Francis Burdett); on right, a dog seated to front on the floor of an unfurnished room, in front of a top hat, next to a frying pan (Daniel O'Connell). 11 December 1835


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  • Date

    • 1835
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 275 millimetres
    • Width: 363 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Series title and number at top right; initialled by artist; lettered below image with title, followed by 'Studies of two remarkable Animals in Brooke's Menagerie.', and publication details: 'Published by T. Mc.. Lean, 26, Haymarket, 11th.. Decr. 1835. / A. Ducôte's Lithography 70, St. Martins Lane.'.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:

    This sketch is a facsimile of a pair of most exquisite pictures by Edwin Landseer, the one entitled "High-Bred," representing a grey hound sitting in a gentleman's study, the other a bull dog in a butcher's shop. The idea of appropriating these characters to the persons of Sir Francis Burdett and Mr. O'Connell, and describing them as remarkable animals in Brookes's Menagerie, was suggested by the circumstance of Sir Francis Burdett writing a letter to the members of Brookes's club, to induce them to expel Mr. O'Connell, on account of the gross and ungentlemanly language made use of by him in his north country tour, when speaking of the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Cumberland, and the House of Peers generally. Sir Francis's letter may be found in the newspapers about the latter part of November, 1835.
    There is a double meaning in "Brookes's Menagerie." A person of the name of Brookes kept an establishment in the New Road, for the sale of beasts and birds of every description, and designated his house "Brookes's Menagerie."


  • Location

    Not on display (298.c.15)

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  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: High-bred
    • Associated Title: Low-bred
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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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