London: Thomas McLean, 1830.
Engraving and etching. Hand color. Image measures 9.25 x 13.25".
This scarce satirical print by William Heath dates to February 9, 1830. The title of the print simply reads 'A Vision'. The print presents the past and present two phases in the career of Arthur Wellesly, the 1st Duke of Wellington. On the left half of the print is Wellington in his military uniform standing on a cloud above the tomb of Napoleon, who he defeated at Waterloo. The figure of Fame is seen floating near him blowing her trumpet and holding a wreath above his head.
The right half of the print we see a much older and seemingly alarmed Wellington, dressed as a civilian, kneeling on a globe covered with continents labeled 'Free Trade', 'National Debt', 'Currency', 'Taxes'. Below the distorted globe, the masses are seen being crushed under the weight of a financial world. In the top center, dividing the two scenes is a throned king (Charles X) dressed in royal robes. Instead of a head is a fluer-de-lis, on which rest the crown and the words 'all for me'.
The print seems to convey the contrast of Wellington's military success with his political position, and the implication that Naploeon's defeat only served to restore the Bourbons. The print is in good condition with minor foxing. Original plate mark is visible. Published by Thomas McLean, publisher to William Heath.