A Hackney meeting [graphic] / Js. Gy. desn. et fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[1 February 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 34.9 x 24.7 cm, on sheet 36 x 26 cm
Title etched below image. Temporary local subject terms: Hustings -- Reference to Treasonable Activities and Seditious Meetings bills.
"The two members for Middlesex simultaneously address a meeting of freeholders from a hustings against a building (The Mermaid, at Hackney) which forms a background. Both lean forward in profile to the right. Byng (left), thin and elegant, gesticulates with clenched fist, right arm above his head. He frowns, while Mainwaring (right) grimaces insinuatingly, his hands held out deprecatingly. From Byng's pocket issues a paper: 'Treatise on the use of Cocoa'. On the extreme left, behind Byng, stands Fox, holding Byng's hat. The other men on the platform, all wearing hats, are freely sketched. On the wooden barrier of the hustings are two bills, the lower part of which is concealed by the heads of the spectators, which reach across the lower edge of the design: 'Mermaid Hackney Meeting of the Freeholders for obtaining a Repeal of the odious, detestable, obnoxious, unconstitutional oppressive treasonable . . .' and 'Address to his Majesty by the Freeholders.'"--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Byng, George,--1764-1847--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Mainwaring, William,--1735-1821--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8782 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 199
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