Title Phrenological head of Sir Robert Peel as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Lithograph, ca. 1844.
Imprint [London] (22 St Martins Court) : J. Follit, [1844?] ([London?] : W. Kohler)



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Physical description 1 print : lithograph.
Series Follit's Phrenology ; 4
References Too late for the British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954
Lettering note Series title is followed by: "to be continued"
Lettering continues: Organs. No. 1. Benevolence. 'Think, oh grateful, think how good the God of harvests is to you.' Thompson. 2. Secretiveness. Curious case of a lock jaw. 3. Firmness. Shored up to make sure of him. 4. Adhesiveness. Non. Est. as Sir Robert sticks to nothing, nor at nothing. 5. Distructiveness [sic]. Sir Robert's 'Best Bull.' Song by the drover, 'then you'll remember me.' Balfe. 6. Comparison. Before and after election: 'Pretty pretty mocking bird.' Bishop. 7. Wonder. I wonder how long I shall keep my office. 8. Hope. The real Jack o'Lanthern. Hope like the glimmering taper's light adornes and cheers the way, / and still as darker grows the night, emmits a brighter ray. 9. Cautiousness. Open your mouth and shut your eyes, and see what chance will send you. Peels policy. 10. Language. A man so various that he seemed to be, / not one, but all mankinds epitome, / Proteus, for shape, and mocking bird for tongue. Dryden.
Summary The lettering refers to the phrenological organ allocated to each section of the head. 1. Benevolence: Peel stands on a platform holding corn before a crowd of supplicants. 2. Secretiveness: Peel stands astride a locked trunk marked "Peel's opinions". 3. Firmness: Peel, keeling over backwards, is pushed upright by the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria. 4. Adhesiveness: a blank space, suggesting lack of steadfastness. 5. Distructiveness [sic]: Peel applies a syphon marked "Income tax" to the side of a bull which has a name-tag "Taxes". 6. Comparison: before election Peel goes down on bended knee to beseech the electors, while after election they go down on bended knee to beseech him. 7. Wonder: Peel ponders his future. 8. Hope: Peel as a Jack o'Lantern leads the manufacturers into a swamp by holding out a lantern marked "Protection". 9. Cautiousness: Peel stands blindfolded in front of bales marked "League" (i.e. Anti-Corn Law League) and "State trials". 10. Language: Peel as a three-headed statue saying "Yes" (left), "No" (right), and "I reserve my opinion" (centre)
Cite as Wellcome Library no. 13435i
Lettering Phrenological survey of the head of a (very) Prime Minister. ...
Topic-LCSH Phrenology.
Head.
Corn laws (Great Britain)
Income tax.
Place name Great Britain.
Subject name Peel, Robert, 1788-1850.
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852.
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901.
Genre/Technique Caricatures.
Portrait prints.
Lithographs.
Copy photo no. V 11368
L 7584
System no. .b11617457
Record no. 13435i