Men attempt to quell the flames of the House of Commons with water piped from fire engines and a rocket attached to a man's back inscribed 'war'. Lithograph by C.J. Grant, 1834.
- Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
- Oct 27 1834 :
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Much of the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on 16 October 1834. The figure of Guy Fawkes appears top right pointing at the flames. A rocket launcher inscribed 'war' is aimed at the House of Commons by a woman dressed as a prostitute. The figures operating the water machine appear to be parliamentary figures angered by the loss of bills. A figure in rags attempts to kill rats escaping from the scene with a stick and a rat cage. Behind him a fat man struggles beneath the weight of a large sack labelled 'budget' that is on fire. Other figures far right appear to rejoice at the scene by dancing and raising their hats
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