Punch,  1 (1841), 67.

Animal Magnetism; Sir Rhubarb Pill Mesmerising the British Lion

J L, pseud.  [John Leech] *


Illustration, Satire

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J L, pseud.  [John Leech] *


Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, Quackery, Medical Treatment, Politics, Government

    Depicts Robert Peel as 'Sir Rhubarb Pill', a quack doctor, mesmerising a lion sitting in his throne. On a table behind Pill sits a 'Grand Electric Politico Battery' powered by cells bearing such names as 'Stanley' (the Colonial Secretary), 'Lyndhurst' (the Lord Chancellor), 'New Taxes', and the 'Pension List' —some of the statesmen and the political subjects which Peel had to grapple with on taking office. The ghostly form of the senior Tory statesman, Arthur Wellesley (1st Duke of Wellington), looks on in the background.

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