A JOINDER IN THE PLEAS Materials:
lithograph Production person:
Print made by John Doyle (HB) Printed by: Charles Motte Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
London, England Date: June 1829 Schools/Styles:
[British Museum Satires 15855]
Description No. 12. Sir E. Sugden (left) and Sir James Scarlett, Solicitor- and Attorney-General, face each other in profile, gravely shaking hands. Both wear judge's wig and gown; Scarlett holds a brief-bag. Between their heads is a rectangular aperture flanked by curtains which form a background for the two principals. Through this is seen the bewigged head of Sir N. Tindal, who watches with a melancholy stare and upturned eyes. On the extreme left Wetherell, in barrister's wig and gown, holds back the curtain to frown at the pair, while on the extreme right Brougham walks off in back view, his (silk) gown reaching to the floor.
British Museum Curator's comments
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
A satire on the legal appointments of June, when Tindal was promoted from Solicitor-General to Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, being succeeded by Sugden. Alexander, editor of the 'Morning Journal', was convicted (23 Dec.) of libel for stating that Lyndhurst had procured Sugden's office in return for a loan of £30,000. Greville, 'Memoirs', 1938, i. 346. See Nos. 15824, 16009, 17590; cf. No. 15910. Wetherell had been dismissed and replaced by Scarlett, see No. 15752; for Brougham's vain desire for the Mastership of the Rolls cf. No. 15790, &c.