EX-HONOR ATION Materials:
lithograph Production person:
Print made by John Doyle (HB) Published by: Thomas McLean Production place:
London, England Date: MARCH 14, 1834 Schools/Styles:
[British Museum Satires no number]
Description No. 306. Three men standing to left; the one in centre (Sir CharlesWetherell) taking a bow, handing a bundle to a startled man standing to right (Sir William Horne), while the one behind (Sir Edward Sugden) offers his condolence, and the one between them in the background (Lord Abinger) looks bemused.
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1841:
The learned gentleman of the long robe, who appears to receive with such displeasure and mortification the compliments of his brethren, is Sir William Horne, now one of the Masters of the Court of Chancery. Sir William was Attorney-General during part of the administration of Lord Grey, and on the retirement of Mr. Baron Bayley, from the Court of Exchequer, was looked upon as his successor. But Sir William was desirous, before accepting the appointment, of stipulating for some conditions as to going the circuit, which were considered unfair by the other Barons, and consequently his appointment did not take place. In the mean time his resignation of the office of Attorney-General was accepted, and Sir John Campbell was appointed in his room. Thus we see Sir William Horne ex-honor-ed, and like Sir John Cam Hobhouse, in the case of the Irish Secretaryship (See No. CCLXL), he fell, not exactly between two stools, but between the bar and the bench.
No person could have been selected so proper to pay him an ironical compliment as Sir Charles Wetherell. The style of his bow is itself a fine piece of irony. Sir Edward Sugden, with a face of unusual longitude, is offering his condolence, and Lord Abinger, with his well-known relish of the classic humour of Sir Charles Wetherell, is enjoying the scene.