The Shadow of Opposition. “Stat Nominis Umbra”

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The Shadow of Opposition. “Stat Nominis Umbra”
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A design divided in two by a slanted line. On the left are the Speaker and three members of the House of Commons (Fox, Burke and Sheridan), and on the right is the Lord Chancellor on his Woolsack and three Peers (Loughborough, Derby and Stormont). The six members, but not the Speaker and Chancellor, have been aquatinted to resemble shadows. A somewhat obscure satire on the debate as to whether the impeachment of Warren Hastings was to be conducted according to the rules of the Courts of Law or the rules of Parliament. The question was debated in the Lords in February 1788 and Loughborough, Derby and Stormont were the principal speakers. BM 7289.