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(Daniel O'Connell; Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey) London: Thomas McLean. 1st edition lithograph, published January 16th 1832. Image is 28.5 x 39.5 cm. Laid onto brown card (35 x 50 cm) To verso is a blank mount of the same size. Clean tidy print, with slight untidiness to cut edge (outside the black ruled frame). Fractional browning to edges. Mount is clean and neat. Issued as number 174, in a series entitled “Political sketches” Issued in 5 volumes “Lord Grey is endeavouring to allure Mr. O'Connell by the offer of a place. The inscription of “ Courier " on his rod, intimates that the offer was made in a paragraph, put out by way of a feeler, in the evening newspaper bearing that title. It is well known that the fish did not bite”. (From Mclean. Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B. From No.1 to No. 600) Conforms to the National Portrait Gallery copy: NPG D41109
Dealer Notes
John Doyle (1797-1868) went by the pen name HB. Born in Dublin, Initially, he was a painter of equestrian subjects, He moved to London in 1822, and it is for his political caricatures from 1827 onwards that he is best remembered. His work was signed with the initials ‘HB’ (a conjunction of two Is, which are printed like Js, and two Ds, these two letters singly being Doyle's initials). He carefully guarded his anonymity. In 1847 he “outed” himself in a long letter to sir Robert Peel. As the founder of 'the modern school of graphic satirists represented by Richard Doyle, John Leech and John Tenniel' Doyle prepared the way for Punch. Over 900 of his drawings are held in the British Museum.
Thomas Mclean (1788-1875) was a London printseller and publisher who specialised in the publication of political caricatures. He issued hundreds of such cartoons in journals such as the Monthly Sheet of Caricatures.
Author HB (John Doyle)
Date 1832
Publisher London: Thomas McLean.
Illustrator John Doyle
Condition Good
Pages 1

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