Beyond letters, we love items relating to the processes of circulating correspondence. This satire from Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library depicts Wellington in the guise of a mail-coach driver
“Wellington stands in profile to the right, dressed as the driver of a mail-coach, holding his whip and (as way-bill) a paper resembling the ‘Gazette’, headed ‘Bill’ [i.e. for Catholic Relief]. His (gloved) left hand touches the broad brim of his hat. He wears a triple-caped greatcoat, tight at the waist, over tightly strapped white trousers, and is smart and erect, in contrast with his rival, see British Museum Satires No. 15736.”–British Museum online catalogue.
- Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
- Title: The man wot drives the sovereign [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Esq.
- Publication: [London] : Pub. April 1829 by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [April 1829]
Acquired June 2017