Retreat of the Tory army / Welch.

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Robert Seymour
Retreat of the Tory army / Welch.
[London] : [G. Cowie],
wood engraving
2 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.
Peel 2183
Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.

Probably detached from one of four issues of Whiggeries and waggeries, London : William Strange, 1834. This publication reprinted wood engravings by Robert Seymour, Robert Cruikshank, and others which had previously appeared-- often with different captions-- in Figaro in London, also published by Strange. The identical image appeared in Figaro in London, no. 25, 1832, with the same title.


The 'Army' retreats (right to left) under a shower of cannon-balls; a chain-shot has just decapitated Cumberland. Wellington, stooping low, carries a tattered flag inscribed 'Conservation'; just behind him is Lyndhurst (?) with a broken drum. In ignominious flight (right) is a fat bishop, his mitre inscribed '10th'.

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