A politician sits center in a chair before a table with a single candlestick on top. He holds the candle itself in his hand as he closely examines a sheet of paper, oblivious to the fact that the candle is burning a hole in the brim of his hat. Behind him on the wall on either side are two wall maps, one of western Europe and the tip of northern Africa and the other of the Americas and Asia.
Title: The politician [graphic].
Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]
Title: Portraits of the late and present administration : faithfully drawn from the criterion of their abilities, their integrity, and their confidence with the Nation ; and an address to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales / by William Green.
Published: London : Printed for the author, by Bailey and Macdonald, 3, Harris’s place, Pantheon, Oxford-Street, 1807.
“A hand, ‘Manus Populi’, extends into the design from the upper margin, holding a chain from which hangs a pair of scales. On one (right), close to the ground, sits the Queen, hands crossed on her breast, saying: “My innocence will support me & my Country will protect me– 10 Great Men against one unprotected Woman are fearful odds.” The other scale, high in the air, is completely filled by a greenbag, see British Museum Satires No. 13735, from the mouth of which emerges the head of George IV, crowned. Attached to the beam, by a rope round his neck, hangs a military officer, holding a huge key; as a makeweight he dangles vainly against the left side of the King’s bag. Three men standing below pull at the scale, trying to drag it down: they are Sidmouth (left), a judge in back view (? Leach), and Castlereagh (right), who says: “We cannot do it, and I told you so at first, & if she opens her bagwe shall be stifled all of us.” The King looks down at them with a distressed expression, saying: “Pull you lubbers.””–British Museum online catalogue.
Printmaker: Heeston, active 1820, printmaker.
Title: The greenbag, it’s contents & all it’s appendages are insufficient to turn the scale of public opinion [graphic] / Heeston fect.
Publication: London : Pubd. by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, July 11, 1820.
A caricature on the prevalence of bribery during elections, most probably that of 1826. The successful liberal candidate stands on a platform before a cheering crowd and people waving from the windows of adjoining building. In the ‘Committee Room’ behind him, an official pays a man holding a sign inscribed ‘No bribery or corruption’ with the word ‘and’ between bribery and corruption scored through. On the right is an armchair and behind it stand two large flags; two flowers on the chair match the flower on the lapel of the candidate.
Artist: Lane, Theodore, 1800-1828, artist.
Title: Chosen candidate [art original] / by Theodore Lane.