A wonderful hand-colored lithographic caricature by H.B. titled Political harmonics, with the further note beneath the title: A New Variation for the 'Soldier Tired' as performed by Monsieur Villanton, First Fiddle to the King - and with a Piano Accompaniment arranged to the Air 'Home! Sweet Home!'. Peel sits at the piano smiling over his shoulder at the Duke of Wellington who is playing a pochette. The man turning pages for Peel is Chancellor to the Exchequer Goulburn. Cumberland and Eldon peer into the room from a window.
The subtitle A New Variation for the 'Soldier Tired' refers to the aria from Thomas Arne's enormously popular opera Ataxerxes, composed in 1762.GPH-12412$400
A pochette, or kit, is a small violin used primarily by dancing masters in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Wellington in fact played the violin as a young man.