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A crowd of political onlookers watch the performances of Lord John Russell balancing on a pole inscribed "Irish corporation billl...", Daniel O'Connell swallowing a sword inscribed "repeal" and Thomas Spring-Rice balancing on his chin an object with a picture of a church. Coloured lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1837.

Doyle, John, 1797-1868.
Date
30 March 1837

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view A crowd of political onlookers watch the performances of Lord John Russell balancing on a pole inscribed "Irish corporation billl...", Daniel O'Connell swallowing a sword inscribed "repeal" and Thomas Spring-Rice balancing on his chin an object with a picture of a church. Coloured lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1837.

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Credit: A crowd of political onlookers watch the performances of Lord John Russell balancing on a pole inscribed "Irish corporation billl...", Daniel O'Connell swallowing a sword inscribed "repeal" and Thomas Spring-Rice balancing on his chin an object with a picture of a church. Coloured lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1837. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Description

Thomas Spring-Rice's balancing act is an allusion to the church-rates. The crowd is a who's who of parliament political personages and includes: Lord Ebrington, Sir William Molesworth, C. Buller, Joseph Hume, Lord Brougham, Roebuck, Sir John Hobhouse, Sir Francis Burdett, John Bull, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Stanley, Lord Lyndhurst, Sir Robert Inglis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Publication/Creation

London (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, 30 March 1837 (70 Saint Martin's lane : A. Ducôte's lithography)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 24.3 x 35.4 cm +

Lettering

Going to the fair with it! A cant phrase for doing anything in an extravagant way- known it is presumed to most persons. HB

Publications note

An illustrated key to the political sketches of H.B., London 1841, pp.325-326

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 36633i

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  • English

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