Monday, 6 November 2017

Cartoon 1. Thomas James Arnold on 10 April 1848

"10 April 1848" by John Paget.



The first cartoon in the series serves as a sort of title page to the set. It shows Thomas James Arnold, police magistrate at Worship Street police court - and the subject of the series of illustrations.

Cartoon 2. The Civil Power takes command of the Blues

"The Blues are placed at the disposal of the Civil Power" by John Paget.



The second cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold, cane in one hand, raising his hat as a senior officer introduces him to the men of the Royal Horse Artillery (the Blues).

Cartoon 3. Explaining the law of riots and unlawful assembly

"The Civil Power expounds the Law of Riots, Rout and Unlawful As[sembly]" by John Paget.



The third cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold, perched in the giant boot representing the Duke of Wellington, setting out the law for a senior officer of the Royal Horse Artillery (the Blues).

Cartoon 4. Riot Act and the command to charge

"The Civil Power reads the Riot Act. & gives the word of Command" by John Paget.



The fourth cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold emerging from the giant boot - representing the Duke of Wellington, who was in overall control of the defence of London on the day of the great Chartist meeting on Kennington Common.

Cartoon 5. Champagne with the Blues

"The Civil Power is [xxxxxxxxx] an honorary member of the Blues & approves of the Champagne" by John Paget.


The final cartoon in the series shows Thomas Arnold seated at a table with three officers of the Royal Horse Artillery while two others look on. Both Arnold and the officer opposite him hold Champagne glasses.