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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    3rd December 1838 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doyle, John, born 1797 - died 1868 (artist)
    Ducôte, A. (lithographer)
    McLean, Thomas, born 1788 - died 1875 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithograph, ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This political cartoon, published in London in December 1838, depicts the Irish politician Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) as the popular American lion trainer Isaac Van Amburgh who came to London in 1838 and appeared with great success at Astley's Amphitheatre and Drury Lane Theatre.

O'Connell is shown with his foot on the head of the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (1779-1848) while other ministers play at his feet, submitting to O'Connell's power. Melbourne was the Prime Minister between 1835 to 1841 who held together a difficult and divided Cabinet through an uneasy alliance of Whigs, Radicals and the Irish under O'Connell. O'Connell was a major figure in the House of Commons in the 1830s who had agreed to support Lord Melbourne and his Whig government in return for significant Irish reforms.

Physical description

Lithograph entitled 'Van Amburgh. Outdone!'

Place of Origin

London (published)


3rd December 1838 (published)


Doyle, John, born 1797 - died 1868 (artist)
Ducôte, A. (lithographer)
McLean, Thomas, born 1788 - died 1875 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

lithograph, ink on paper


Height: 44.5 cm Print size, Width: 30.9 cm Print size

Descriptive line

'Van Amburgh. Outdone!'. Satirical cartoon by John Doyle (1797-1868) showing Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) as the American animal trainer Isaac Van Amburgh (1808-1865) 'taming' the Whig cabinet. Print published in London by T. McLean, 3 December 1838, Harry Beard Collection.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Literary Gazette and Journal of the Belles Lettres 8 December 1838, p.781


Printing ink; Paper


Print-making; Lithography

Subjects depicted

Satire; Caricature


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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