Canvassing for votes. Plate II [graphic] / painted by W. Hogarth ; engrav'd by C. Grignion.
[London] [W. Hogarth] published 20th Febry 1757, as the act directs
1 print : etching and engraving on laid paper ; sheet 43.4 x 55.4 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 3298 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 199
Title engraved above image. State and publisher from Paulson. Second plate in "Four prints of an election". Sheet trimmed to plate mark. Dedication etched below image: To his Excellency Sr. Charles Hanbury Williams embassador to the court of Russia. This plate is most humbly inscrib'd by his most obedient humble servant Willm. Hogarth. Second in the series "Four prints of an election". Purchased from John Grant, Ltd., Edinburgh; August 1940; £20 Kinnaird lot. With Kinnaird bookplate; disbound at Yale. Formerly owned by Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780-1826).
A rural scene with three inns. At "The Portobello" (celebrating the naval victory of 1739 in contrast with the recent loss of Minorca), two veterans sit reminiscing. At "The Excise Office" (the Whig stronghold, its name alluding to Walpole's Excise Bill of 1733) with the sign of the Crown and a rioting crowd; and "The Royal Oak" (recalling Tory support for the Stuart monarchy), its sign partly obscured by the banner of "Punch Candidate for Guzzledown" in which the Treasury is being emptied of money that the candidate throws at voters; in the centre, a young country gentleman is being bribed by agents of both parties, while, to right, a portly candidate buys trinkets from a Jewish pedlar for two young ladies on the balcony of "The Royal Oak"; the landlady counts her bribe under the watchful eye of a soldier while she leans against a carved British lion about to devour the fleur-de-lis of France.
Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Political elections Riots Smoking Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Street vendors Taverns (Inns)
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century Engravings -- England -- London -- 1757 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1757
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