Wakley offering a box labelled 'abolition of tithes' says: "Allow me strongly to recommend you to take three of these pills immediately"; Russell replies: "I tell you flatly I'll have none of your pills, I can't swallow them at present" and Peel comments: "Don't press him against his inclination - he don't know what is good for him". On the other side O'Connell pours from a flask of 'universal suffrage, vote by ballot, annual Parliament' exclaiming: "It is mighty uncivil of these fellows to press the gentleman so, when they see he is going to have my black draught"; beside him under a table of flasks is a box of 'repeal pills'
1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; border 28 x 35.2 cm.
A patient refusing the prescriptions of opposing doctors; referring to Russell's refusal to take any further part in electoral reform. Coloured lithograph by John Doyle, 1837.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY