The Apparition. A Cabinet Picture from the Downing St. Collection.

Tags: John Doyle pseud HB .
The Apparition. A Cabinet Picture from the Downing St. Collection.
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On the left, Ministers recoil in terror and confusion from the shrouded ghost of George Canning (1770-1827), who has appeared on the right. He says – Now I am avenged and points sternly to a paper on the desk inscribed Ministerial Bill for the releif of the Roman Catholics. On the floor lies a paper headed King’s Speech. In the front of the fugitives Wellington throws up his hands in alarm, while Peel staggers back against against Ellenborough, Bathurst and Althorp, Melville (in tartan trousers) crawls away on the floor, while in the background Lyndhurst hides his face behind the Purse of the Great Seal. Over turned chairs lie on the floor. Canning is avenged for the bitter personal feuds, obstensibly over his championship of Catholic Emancipation, evoked by his succession to the ailing Lord Liverpool. His opponents had included Wellington, Peel, Bathurst and Melville. Ellenborough had simply hated Canning personally. BM 15706.