A satire of William IV’s involvement in the debate leading up to the Reform Act of 1832: A cat with the face of William IV is being persuaded to pull a hot chestnut from a blazing fire by a bewigged monkey (Lord Chancellor Henry Brougham). The fire is labelled with words such as ‘rights’, ‘reform’, and ‘popularity’. A portrait of Whig Prime Minister Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, hangs above the fireplace.
- Title: The cat’s-paw! [graphic] / E. Brookes delt.
- Publication: [London] : Pubd. by Marianne Humphreys, St. James’s Stt., [approximately 1832]
Acquired November 2022