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John Russell mixing a large concoction surrounded by a semi-circle of politicians on latrines; representing the Reform Bill which disenfranchised sixty 'rotten' boroughs. Coloured etching by C.J. Grant, 1831.

  • Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
Date
March 1831
Reference
12231i
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Description

Russell's mixing bowl is inscribed: " Reforming Dose", he says: "This is an universal specific for all rotten constitutions - patronised by royalty - tis a sovereign remedy for corruption & a radical cure for all antinational diseases." The politicians have the names of their constituencies above them: "Old Sarum, Orford, Bramber, Peterfield, Saltaah, Eye, Borobridge, Tamworth, Seaford, Gatton." On the floor are scattered boxes of ingredients many bearing the names of other boroughs

Publication/Creation

March 1831.

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour ; border 25.6 x 35.2 cm

Lettering

The Russel purge. CJG.

References note

Not found in: British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 12231i

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Languages

  • English


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