Daniel O'Connell about to feed a loaf of bread to a cage full of big cats with the heads of politicians, Queen …

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Daniel O'Connell about to feed a loaf of bread to a cage full of big cats with the heads of politicians, Queen Victoria looks on. Coloured lithograph by HB (John Doyle), 1839. The reference by Queen Victoria to "Van Amburg" refers to a cage full of wild animals exhibited at Dury Lane Theatre which was a sensation at the time. Lord Melbourne is the lion. Poulet Thompson and Lord John Russell tug at a morsel inscribed "corn law question". Also in the cage are Lords Palmerston, Normanby, Lansdowne and Holland and Thomas Spring-Rice. The print refers to the radicals intention to repeal or modify the corn laws. Created 12 February 1839. Contributors: John Doyle (1797–1868). Work ID: smahrf6a.

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