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A short-legged dog with the head of Sir Robert Peel stands with its paws on a roller which winds a chain to work an invisible spit. Etching with border by William Heath, 1829.

  • Heath, William, 1795-1840
Nov 16 1829
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About this work


One of a set of sketches by Heath. Sir Robert Peel was both a member of parliament but also a manufacturer having inherited his father's firm of calico printers, hence the reference to the machinery within the image. He was seen as a pioneer of commercial greatness in Britain promoting 'free trade' i.e. open trade. He also carried an act for the preservation of the health and morals of apprentices and others employed in factories


[London] (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, Nov 16 1829.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 26 x 37.3 cm


Sketches of the kennel. Bob tail the turnspit!!! No. 3 William Heath

Lettering note

Lettering within the image: 'This is a place I shall grow rich in ; A turnspit in the r-y-l kitchen'


Wellcome Library no. 603171i



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