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The Tenth taking advice of Counsel!


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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: Lettered with title 'The Tenth taking advice of Counsel!'. Lacking publication line. This caricature depicts soldiers from the cavalry regiment The Tenth Royal Hussars pleading with an amiable barrister, who is seated at a table on which there are several prints featuring caricatures of The Tenth Royal Hussars and a document entitled "Brief". One of the soldiers approaches the table, his fist on the corner of it in anger and remonstrating, says "We are come to have your Advice inspecting the Publisher of these there d----d [damned] caricatures of the Tenth, who has presumed to mimic our puerile manners and Monkey like Tricks, thereby exposing us to the contempt and ridicule of a curs'd [cursed] discerning hirish [Irish] crew in this here City!!!". A soldier seen from behind says "Oh curse it here's a Print! why the Devil himself was never so detested! he has pinch'd [pinched] me in the middle like an Hour glass and such a Rump, O heavens!". Another remarks: "I'm afraid to look at them there prints!", while the soldier standing beside him says "Bat--r, [Battier] has let the Cat out of the Bag!". A portly soldier, small in stature says "I must sell out, he won't suffer a Fat man to remain in the Regiment!" while a tall, thin soldier standing at the extreme right of the group in the room remarks: "I'm dam'd if he hasn't drawn us out like Baboons or half starv'd [starved] Monkeys! but he knows we're not Fighting men, and therefore takes this dam'd advantage of us!". The barrister says in response: "Gentlemen, if I may so call ye, I've examined the Caricatures of the Tenth, and can find nothing actionable in any one of them; therefore you had best drop this business, for even supposing there was; by your persisting in it, you make yourselves Ten times more ridiculous and contemptable than before!!". [William Battier, a cornet (the third and lowest grade of commissioned officer in a British cavalry troop, after captain and lieutenant) in the 10th Royal Hussars regiment was insulted in the officers' mess of the 10th Royal Hussars; statements and counter-statements were issued by those involved with the result that the subject and the regiment were subjected to much comment in the press and featured in contemporaneous caricatures. Battier was subsequently involved in a bloodless duel with Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (1778-1854) in Battersea, 12 May 1824].
Created: [Dublin : s.n., n.d., ca. 1824-1825?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print : hand coloured etching, image 21.3 x 33.5 cm., platemark 22.3 x 34.3 cm., on sheet 27.8 x 45.9 cm..
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (64) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.