This is a fine early 19th-century satirical print which is entitled: Disposing of the Old Stuff
It was designed by John Phillips - and published by E. King, Chancery
John Phillips (1808 – after 1842) was an English artist and illustrator. He is perhaps best known as a satirical etcher.
This print features Brougham, seated in profile to the right in a chair inscribed Place. He makes a bonfire on the floor of documents and his Old Stuff gown. This he holds over the flames on a levelled broomstick, the broom being inscribed "Treasury Broom".
Under one foot is a paper inscribed Opposition. He says: I think I shall cut a dash with my new gown; so here goes for the old one—Silk against Stuff for any money. But this worn-out concern stinks most damnably: tis true, a great deal of dirty work has been done in it and it was only stuff at first:—it now emits more smoke than flame; yet I can distinguish a magic picture through this volume of vapour. O, glorious precedence! "Tam venerabile erat praecedere" Juvl.
The burning papers are as follows: March of Intellect, Liberty [of the] Pres[s], Blacks, Catholic Emancipation, Mulatoes, Reform.
The smoke from the fire is inscribed Independence, Patriotism, Public Charities, Vapour, Retrenchment.
Behind Brougham (left) his new gown hangs on a stand made of an upright which supports his new wig, and a cross-bar inscribed Treasury. The gown is Patent New Silk. Partly concealed by the smoke is the 'magic picture': Anticipation; the Purse of the Great Seal suspended above mace and sword. Below the picture is a big bag stuffed with Briefs.
Brougham’s support of Canning’s Ministry had brought him the reward of a silk gown. The Chancellorship is prophesied in the ‘magic picture’.
Again, another harder-to-find print Georgian print. It is in fairly good antique condition. The hand colouring (with watercolour washes) is original to the issue of this print. The work has never been on display so the colours are all nice and fresh. It has recently been professionally re-framed with a new acid-free window mount and a simple black frame. It is all ready just to hang on your wall.
Frame size: 34.5 x 43 cm. Image size: 22 x 32 cm
Postage to the UK only - and it will be sent to you with Parcelforce 48 tracked. This will be about £10 and applied at check out.