The Duke of Wellington stands at the head of a rowing boat while in the background is a battle ship; Lord Melbourne dressed as a Chinese man points to a board inscribed "spare us for the sake of our women!". Lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1840.

  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868.
31 December 1840
Part of:
HB sketches
  • Pictures

About this work


An account of in the "Times", 8 December 1840, reported the capture of Chusan in China and how one man held up a board inscribed "save us for the sake of our wives and children". At a similar time the Whig ministers had resigned due to the division on the Jamaica bill, but their reinstatement, it was believed, owed something to Melbourne's influence over the Queen and her ladies at court


[London] (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, 31 December 1840 ([London] : A. Ducôte's, Lithog[raphi]c Establishment)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image 25.3 x 36.4 cm + album.


The taking of Chusan. HB Extensive dialogue within the print

References note

An illustrated key to the political sketches of H.B., from no. 601, to no. 800, London 1844, pp.67-68


Wellcome Collection 37075i


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