A large man in bed after giving birth to a mouse; referring to the Duke of Buckingham's attempt to introduce his own 'Reform Bill' which excluded disenfranchisement. Coloured lithograph by J.Doyle, 1832.

  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868.
[23 April 1832]
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The Duke of Buckingham says: "Oh! doctor I feel greatly exhausted." , the doctor (Sidmouth) replies: "After so severe a labor it is but natural I would recommend you a composing draught, and to keep very quiet." Eldon standing next to him says: "Well my dear, how do you find yourself". The nurse (Wellington) who is holding the mouse says: "I think a very nice little thing, and far handsomer than a certain great Bantling that I could name", the other two nurses (Aberdeen and Lyndhurst) say respectively: " Certainly quite unlike all other offsprings of 'La Montagne", and "Well it must be confessed my little buck that you had a Stow-age enough however."; the three male spectators comment: "What a pretty little thing", "The miserable little abortion can't live", and "They say its mama got a fright."


[London (Haymarket)] : [Thos. McLean], [23 April 1832] [([London] : A. Ducôte Lithogy.])

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1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; border 25.2 x 33.6 cm.


The mountain in labor. "Parturiunt montes nascetur ridiculus mus" HB.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. XI, London 1954, no. 16996


Wellcome Collection 12237i


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