'Alarming Comet of 1835', 10 August 1835.
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Print by A Ducote showing Halley's Comet depicted as a human head with a tail of smaller ones following as it movies from Ireland to England. The lithograph titled 'Alarming Comet of 1835' was published in London by T McLean. It is drawn as a satire on the 'Irish Question', the controversial isue of Ireland becoming independent. The use of Halley Comets in this sketch is particularly apt as comets have been traditional harbingers of disasters and ill omens