Grand Theatrical Olio - Political satire from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

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Date:1830 - 1840 (c.)

Description:Wit and satire were a common feature of 19th century local politics, and of course, politicians made easy targets.

Lord John Russellass - Transformist?

This notice imagines a fictional 'Grand Theatrical Olio' (or medley).

The authors lampoon its would-be director. This is Home Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons (later Prime Minister) Lord John Russell.

The authors rename him Lord John Russellass, and dub him a Transformist.

They dismiss his reputation as a reformist.

In the long term, this has been unsuccessful. Today he is still remembered mainly for his moves towards democracy and religious freedom.


A host of other politicians are given similar treatment.

The send-up is complete when the reader is informed that "the attendants are allowed to take bribes."

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