|Method||Etching with hand colouring|
|Artist||after William Heath after Henry Heath|
|Published||Pub June 18-1829 by S. Gans 15 Southampton St. Strand Sole Publisher of P. Prys. caricatures/ None are original without this publication|
|Dimensions||Image 205 x 324 mm, Plate 255 x 365 mm, Sheet 268 x 376 mm|
A brown race horse on a leash, "Lot 2" with the head of Robert Peel, from a series satirising the rumours that the ministry had broken up in 1829, due to difficulties with Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington.
Full title reads: 'To be sold without Reserve to the Highest Bidder, that Famous Rat tailed Col Bob got by Merchant out of Query "by expediency" is known to the sporting world for its quickness in turning/ the halter will go with the Lot.'
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1834) was the son of a wealthy cotton manufacturer, who became the British Prime Minister in 1834, and is known for founding the Conservative Party and reforming the London Police force, which where ever after known as "bobbies".
Pirated impression by S. Gans of William Heath's caricature, originally published by Thomas McLean, with changes to the publication line feigning authenticity.
William Heath (c. 1794 - 1840) was an ex-Captain of Dragoons, illustrator of colour-plate books, and prolific caricaturist. From around 1827 he used the pseudonym Paul Pry (from the name of a character in a comedy of 1825 by John Poole, that became a tag used for any very inquisitive person) with the emblem of a small man holding a walking stick in a lower corner of his plates.
Henry Heath (fl. 1822-1842) was a British printmaker, designing political caricatures, and later picking up lithography in the 1830's. Little is yet known about his life and work, such as relation to William Heath.
BM Satires 15815
Condition: Light time toning to margins.