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HB Doyle lithograph caricature Horatii Curiatii Wellington

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HB - The Horatii & The Curiatii (Wellington)


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English 1830s political cartoon by 'HB' Doyle.


The trigemini fratres' of the contending parties of Whig and Tory are here seen in active combat; three Whig chancellors opposed to three Tory chancellors. As Livy says that there was a doubt which of the two sets of heroes were Romans and which were Albani, we Mill not attempt to fix the characters of the present parties, that is to say, we will not determine who are the Horatii, who the Curiatii. But, taking them as they stand here repre- sented, we have, on the left, Lord Brougham, the Lord- High-Chancellor of England ; Lord Plunket, the Lord- High-Chancellor of Ireland ; and the late Lord Holland, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Opposed to this formidable band are the Duke of Wellington, Chancellor of the University of Oxford ; the Duke of Cumberland, Chancellor of the University of Dublin; and the Duke of Gloucester, Chancellor of the University of Cam- bridge. The attitudes of the Duke of Wellington and Lord Brougham portend real mischief; nor are the mutual expressions of the Duke of Cumberland and Lord Plunket much less ferocious ; but nothing can exceed the courteous and gracious manner in which Lord Holland deals out a tap on the nose to his antagonist the Duke of Gloucester.' Ref : 'An illustrative key to the Political sketches of H.B.,from no. 1 to no. 600." Depicts the following : Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), Field Marshal and Prime Minister. Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), Lord Chancellor. Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771-1851), Son of George III. William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester (1776-1834), Field Marshal. Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland (1773-1840), Whig statesman and patron of art and letters. William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket (1764-1854), Lord Chancellor of Ireland. John Doyle (1797 - 1868), known by the pen name H.B., was an Irish-born political cartoonist, caricaturist, painter and lithographer. He issued his popular political cartoons once a month during parliamentary sessions, and continued for twenty-two years. False-mounted on brown backing paper, as issued. Some faint foxing.

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artist HB (John Doyle) (1797-1868)
method Lithograph
date 1834
size 280mm by 380mm (sheet)
SKU CA6312