This cartoon, published in Vanity
Fair on 18 October 1873, was one of a series of 'Statesmen'
which the cartoonist Leslie Ward ('Spy') drew in the latter half
of the 19th century. Each cartoon was accompanied by a commentary
on the subject.
That of the duke, at the age of 28, paints a picture
of idleness and dissipation -phrases such as 'it is the curse of
his life that he has never learnt to find pleasure in aught but
idlesse...public affairs...appear to be the special object of his
aversion...learning nothing, hunting 5 days a week...his betting
book is usually a sorry sight on settling day'.
But in spite of these failings 'he has in him
the making of a gentleman whose life should be of service to his
country. All that has ever been objected to him was such follies
as few untamed youths in his position would have avoided...in the
graver matters he is a generous minded and perfectly honourable