A Scene from the Beggar’s Opera

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A Scene from the Beggar’s Opera
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Wetherelll as Macheath (but in his ordinary dress) stands between Peel (Polly) and Wellington (an elderly Lucy), both dressed for their parts. Peel rests his cheek on Wetherell’s right shoulder.Wellington holds a handkerchief towards his face, which is puckered with weeping. Wetherell, taking a hand of each and turning to the Duke, says : My dear Lucy—My dear Polly? Whatever may have passed between us I hope all is now forgotten. In the background Lord John Russell (in the dress of 1832) watches, hat in hand  and Althorp and Grey, as jailors in period costume, wearing wigs and flapped waistcoats, look on form the right.

There was much speculation on the relations of Wellington and Peel with the Ultra-Tories.