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Daniel O'Connell carries a bundle of sticks as Lord Melbourne aims one at a set of holes. Lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1839.

  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868
8 November 1839
Part of
HB sketches
  • Pictures

About this work


The nob of the stick that Melbourne aims bears the head of Shiel, appointed Vice President of the Board of Trade. Advising him is Lord John Russell. Queen Victoria hidden by her bonnet and Prince Albert spectate. The title of the print is derived from Melbourne's comment on the occasion of the introduction into the House of Lords a bill relating to the Church of Ireland, that it would be "a heavy blow and great discouragement to protestantism in Ireland".


London (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, 8 November 1839 (70 Saint Martin's lane : A. Ducôte's lithography)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 24.6 x 35.9 cm + album.


Another heavy blow... HB

References note

An illustrated key to the political sketches of H.B., no. 601, to no. 800, London 1844, pp.20-21

Lettering note

Extensive dialogue within the print


Wellcome Library no. 36947i


  • English

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