An electioneering procession from the M-n House to G-d Hall [graphic] / J.N. [monogram].

Pubd. Octr. 25, 1781 by W. Wells No. 132 Fleet Street
[25 October 1781]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching & engraving ; sheet 28 x 42 cm.
Title etched below image. The 'o' in 'electioneering' has been inserted above the line.
Signed in the image "J.N." JN is the monogram of John Nixon.
Verses following title: These stanch friends to freedom you here do behold, Will be bribe'd with good eating tho' they spurn at yr gold. For offer them money it's such a disgrace, 'Tis a thousand to one they dont spit in your face. But give them pudding & beef with compliments civil, To serve you they'll go ay e'en to the devil."
"An election procession of thirteen patriots walking from right to left wearing the colours of Sir Watkin Lewes, elected M.P. for the City, 29 Sept. 1781, see British Museum satire no. 5849. Two flags are carried, one "Lewes & Freedom", the other, "No Ministerial Influence", in reference to Lewes' speech on his election on 29 Sept. Two of the men are playing flutes, a third blows a horn. The figures are probably portraits; two are butchers wearing aprons, their steels hanging from their waists; beside one of them walks a muzzled dog with a collar inscribed "Liberty"; this butcher is eating as he walks. One man drinks a glass of wine, holding a lump of food in his left hand. One with a swathed and gouty leg walks on crutches. All have election favours in their hats, these are inscribed respectively "Lewes for ever"; "Sr Watkin for ever"; "Freedom"; "Lewes"; "No Bribery"; "Lewes"; "No Corruption". In the hat of the butcher with the dog is "Freedom's my plan Sr Watkin is the Man". The background is formed by the lower part of the fac╠žade of two houses in a street, the front of two shops being indicated. On the pavement (left) four little chimney-sweeps are shouting and waving their hats and brushes."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Electioneering procession from the Mansion House to Guildhall
Associated Names:
Nixon, John, -1818 [Artist]
Chimney sweeps
City & town life -- England -- London -- 18th century
Clothing & dress -- England -- 1780-1790
Great Britain. Parliament
Lewes, Watkin, Sir, 1740?-1821
Musical instruments
Political parades & rallies -- G
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1781
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1781
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1781
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Prints & Photographs
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