[London] Pubd. May 21st, 1796, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street [21 May 1796]
[21 May 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 36.3 x 26.0 cm, on sheet 38 x 30 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8804 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 203
Title etched below image. Printmaker identified as Gillray in the British Museum catalogue. One line of text below title: Vox populi, "We'll have a mug! A mug! A mug! Mayor of Garret. Temporary local subject terms: Bills: allusion to the 'Pewter pot bill' -- Elections -- Hustings -- Chimney-sweeps -- Literature: quotation from Samuel Foote's Mayor of Garrat -- Allusion to the election of the mayor of Garrat. Peter Murray Hill. Chelsea, London ; Oct. 1958. Mounted to 45 x 31 cm.
"Fox addresses a proletarian mob from some point apparently under the portico of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. He stands behind a railing, and bends forward, hat in hand, clasping to his breast the 'Pewter-Pot Bill', saying, "Ever guardian of your most sacred rights, I have opposed the Pewter-Pot-Bill!!!" The crowd look up at him, cheering and shouting "a Mug, a Mug". They wear blue and buff favours. In the foreground are half-length figures of a little chimney-sweep with the name 'C. Fox Westminster' on the front of his cap (by the Act of 1788 these boys had to wear their master's name on their cap), and of a pot-boy, with a string of pewter pots slung to his shoulder; he holds up a foaming pot towards Fox inscribed 'Jack Slang - Tree of Liberty Petty France'. The same inscription is indicated on his pots. Beneath the title: 'Vox populi, - "We'll have a Mug! - a Mug! - a Mug! - Mayor of Garret' A quotation from Foote's comedy (1763)."--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Harvey, Francis Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1796 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1796
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