24 May 1837
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Original title: A crowd of political onlookers watch the performances of Lord John Russell balancing on a pole inscribed "Irish corporation billl...", Daniel O'Connell swallowing a sword inscribed "repeal" and Thomas Spring-Rice balancing on his chin an object with a picture of a church.
Thomas Spring-Rice's balancing act is an allusion to the church-rates. The crowd is a who's who of parliament political personages and includes: Lord Ebrington, Sir William Molesworth, C. Buller, Joseph Hume, Lord Brougham, Roebuck, Sir John Hobhouse, Sir Francis Burdett, John Bull, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Stanley, Lord Lyndhurst, Sir Robert Inglis and the Archbishop of Canterbury
Inscription: Going to the fair with it! A cant phrase for doing anything in an extravagant way- known it is presumed to most persons. HB