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 ; plate mark 43.6 x 55.6 cm, on sheet 47.0 x 61.1 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. 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 a series of "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). Sheet trimmed to plate mark: sheet 434 x 550 mm.
A rural scene depicting with three inns at election time. At The Portobello (named in celebration of the naval victory of 1739 in contrast with the recent loss of Minorca), two veterans sit smoking or drinking at table while reminiscing; the tankard of the one engraved with the words "John Hill at the Porto Bello." At the second inn in the distance, is The Excise Office; on its sign is a picture the Crown. It is a Whig stronghold as its name alludes to Walpole's Excise Bill of 1733. It is surrounded by a rioting crowd; a man leans out one of the upper windows and is shooting a gun. At the third inn, the sign for The Royal Oak (its name alluding to Tory support for the Stuart monarchy) is partly obscured by the banner of "Punch Candidate for Guzzledown" which shows the Treasury being emptied of money that a candidate throws at voters. In the center of the design, a young country gentleman is being bribed by agents of both parties, while, to right, a portly candidate buys trinkets from a Jewish peddler 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. In this state the lion's teeth haved been removed and the print generally darkened.
City & town life Eating & drinking Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird, Baron, 1780-1826 Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 Political elections Politicians Riots Smoking Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909 Steevens, George, 1736-1800 Taverns (Inns)
Annotations (Provenance) -- 18th century Engravings -- England -- London -- 1757 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1757
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