A SMALL TEA PARTY OF SUPERANNUATED POLITICIANS Materials:
lithograph Production person:
Print made by John Doyle (HB) Printed by: Charles Motte Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
London, England Date: August 13, 1829 Schools/Styles:
[British Museum Satires 15846]
Description No. 17. A realistic scene in a panelled room. A lady sits in back view at a round table on which is a tea-urn; near her a cat sits in back view on a footstool. A footman holds open the door for Lord Manners to enter (left). Lord Sidmouth (right), younger-looking than in earlier caricatures, sits alone in profile to the left stirring his cup. Lord Eldon sits between Lord Redesdale and Lord Bexley (the host, who is standing), listening to the former. A footman hands tea on a salver.
British Museum Curator's comments
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
All are elderly Tory stalwarts who opposed Catholic Relief. Manners (1756-1852), Chancellor of Ireland 1807-27; Sidmouth retired from office in 1821, from the Cabinet in 1823, his last speech was against Emancipation in Apr. 1829; Redesdale (1748-1830), Chancellor of Ireland 1802-6, spoke for the last time in the Lords on 21 May 1829. For Eldon's "superannuation" see No. 15876, &c. The lady is Bexley's sister Sophia who died unmarried in 1836.