Robert Peel as a pugilist attacking night watchmen with the intention of replacing them by the police force. Etching by Paul Pry (W. Heath).
- Heath, William, 1795-1840
- May 26 1829
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In the 1820s there were many different uncoordinated watchmen (many Irish) employed by the vestries with limited effectiveness in keeping the peace. In 1829 Peel as Home Secretary replaced them with a unified and more disciplined police force
Peel and Wellington are represented as Jerry Hawthorn and Corinthian Tom, young men about town in Regency London, introduced as fictitious characters by Pierce Egan in Life in London, London 1821. Among their adventures are scuffles with night watchmen. In the background is Lord Lyndhurst, Lord Chancellor holding an umbrella (the attribute of Bob Logic, one of Tom and Jerry's companions)