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Lord Brougham sits on the woolsack in the Lords wearing a barrister's wig as four politicians stand around inspecting him. Lithograph by John Doyle, 1830.

  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868.
Dec 31 1830
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About this work


On Lord Brougham's political ambition. A keen whig supporter, he was eventually offered the position of Lord Chancellor (ennobled 22 November 1830) despite opposition to him from the Duke of Wellington (far right) and to the right of him, Lord Eldon. Brougham was seen to sacrifice Whig principles in favour of power as he himself pointed out: 'I sacrificed the House of Commons to be Chancellor for a month' (Dictionary of national biography). In addition to politics, Brougham was also an education reformer and he took an active interest in experimental science, writing two articles on the subject of light by the age of 19


London (Haymarket) : Thos. Mclean, Dec 31 1830 ([London] (Leicester Square) : printed by C. Motte)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image and border 25 x 34.2 cm


Whig retrenchment

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, Vol XI, London 1954, no. 16398

Lettering note

Signed HB (pseudonym for John Doyle) on left


Wellcome Library no. 651320i


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