You're Not Supposed to Kill Your Opponent Doyle, John [1797-1868]. A Hint to Duellists, A Supposed Case, Founded on Facts. [London]: Published by Thomas McLean, 1830. 15-1/2" x 11" hand-colored lithograph in 20-1/2" x 16" hinged matte. Light soiling to matte, some toning and light foxing to margins, a bit of light foxing to image, colors vivid. $350. * Doyle moved English caricature from the ridiculous, grotesque and sometimes bawdy style of Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray to the more witty and genteel manner developed further by later cartoonists, such as those associated with Vanity Fair. Doyle's pictures appeared anonymously in the London Times and a series of books, Political Sketches, between 1830 and 1851 under the signature H.B. They were commentaries on recent events and were sometimes accompanied by explanatory essays. A Hint to Duellists is a commentary on a recent trial of R.W Lambrecht, who was tried for manslaughter as the result of a duel. The title, personified by the substitution of The Duke of Wellington [1769-1852] for Lambrecht in the dock, alludes to an event the previous year in which Wellington and his opponent went through the motions of a duel with no intention of drawing blood. Lambrecht was ultimately acquitted due to a hung jury. Stephens and George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum XI:1954.
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