Monday, 6 November 2017

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.

The scene clearly takes place after the events of 10 April 1848 have passed successfully as the men celebrate. According to the caption, Arnold, a police magistrate who embodied the Civil Power on the day, and therefore had control over a section of the military, is being made an honorary member of the Blues. Arnold was one of nine magistrates acting in this way on the day.

Drawn by Arnold's friend and fellow barrister John Paget, the cartoon is approximately 25cm by 18cm.

While the finished version is in pen and ink, there are lighter pencil marks below where Paget sketched out a rough version first. 

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 4, and that page in turn is attached along one edge to the page holding cartoons 2 and 3.

This is the fifth 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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