WATERCOLOUR, PENCIL AND CHARCOAL
12 X 7 1/2 INCHES
ILLUSTRATED: VANITY FAIR, 5 AUGUST 1871, NO 144,
STATESMEN NO 90, 'BIG BEN'
LITERATURE: MICHAEL JUSTIN WENTWORTH, JAMES TISSOT: CATALOGUE
RAISONNE OF HIS PRINTS, MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS,
STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE, 1978, PAGE 348
EXHIBITED: 'THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY: TREASURES AND PLEASURES',
MARCH - APRIL 2014, NO 138
George Bentinck (1803-1886) was the Conservative MP for Norfolk West in the periods 1852-65 and 1871-84. Known for being bluff, outspoken and highly independent, he was nicknamed ‘Big Ben’.
On 23 December 1871, Vanity Fair published Tissot’s caricature of George Cavendish-Bentinck (1821-1891), who was then Conservative MP for Whitehaven. A cousin of ‘Big Ben’, he was known in Parliamentary circles as ‘Little Ben’.