NEW REFORM COACH Materials:
lithograph Production person:
Print made by John Doyle (HB) Printed by: A Ducôte Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
Published in London, 26 Haymarket Date: June 21,
Description No. 207. Below the title: ' "Parce puer stimulis et fortitur utere loris." ' The four horses gallop (right to left) down hill, negligently driven by Grey, the coachman; the passenger, William IV, looks anxiously from the window of the 'Reform' coach, which is inscribed 'Grey & Co.' Next Grey on the box-seat sits Durham wearing a cloak and cap. Althorp, behind Grey, leans forward to say 'They seem to be getting a little unruly'. Grey: 'Never fear! They'll stop when they reach the bottom'. Lansdowne, beside Althorp, grips the rail of his seat, leaning forward.
Standing in the road behind the coach (right) is Wellington, who points to a discarded chain lying on the ground. He says 'You are pretty fellows to throw away your drag chain when you ought to have your wheel locked'. He addresses the four outside passengers at the back of the coach. One is John Bull who points to him, saying, 'Hollo! Old friend you won't do for us—you can't drive our pace—blow me if that's not the man as us'd to drive the Sovereign' [see No. 15731, &c.]. Brougham, opposite J. B., turns to say to Wellington: 'We'll make you a present of it old Boy, we want no drags nor clogs of any sort upon our wheels'. Next him sits an unidentified man wearing a Scots cap and wrapped in a plaid cape, who says dourly: 'That's a cheil of the auld School. He hasn't yet received the light of modern Feelosophy'. Next John Bull sits O'Connell, brandishing a shillelagh; he shouts 'Hurra! Boys—This is what I call going along Oh! you know how to travel in England I wish I could set up such a Coach in Old Ireland'.
Initialled by artist; series title and number at top right; lettered below image with title and publication details: 'A. Ducôte's Lithography, 70, St. Martins Lane. / Published by Thos. Mc.Lean, 26, Haymarket, June 21st, 1832.'
With eye-shaped blindstamp at bottom left, lettered with 'Subscribers copy' and HB's monogram at centre.
BM Satires 17153
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A Tory view of the consequences of the Bill, now law, cf. No. 17134; see No. 16633, &c. The Scottish 'Feelosopher' (Cobbett's term) stands for the Benthamite Radicals. For the coach cf. No. 15716, &c.