Monday, 6 November 2017

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).

It would appear that Arnold was not an imposing figure. Paget invariably draws him as a small but simultaneously somewhat puffed-up looking man, both in the series of 1848 cartoons and in an earlier 1842 cartoon in which he is shown bare-knuckle boxing a rather larger barrister!

Drawn by Arnold's friend and fellow barrister John Paget, the cartoon is approximately 25cm by 17cm.

While the finished version is in pen and ink, there are lighter pencil marks below where Paget sketched out a rough version first. The reverse of the sheet on which it is drawn appears to have been taken from an accounts book, recording payments for shale coal.

The sketch is still glued to the page of an old album, where it has probably been preserved since not long after it was drawn. The reverse of the same page holds cartoon 3, and that page in turn is attached along one edge to the page holding cartoons 4 and 5.

This is the second of five blog posts (plus an overview) showing a series of contemporary cartoons from 1848.

Overview and introduction
Cartoon 1. 
Cartoon 2. 
Cartoon 3.
Cartoon 4. 

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