[Association meeting at York.]
Mezzotint. 230 x 325mm (9 x 12¾"). Very rare. Trimmed to plate. Three vertical and one horizontal fold.
A representation, partly allegorical,of the meeting of the Yorkshire Association at York on 30th December 1779. The meeting marked the beginning of an extraordinary, widespread upsurge of discontent among the members of the ‘upper class’ in the county, provoked by the North ministry's inept handling of the American crisis. The Association produced the well-supported petition of 1780 for economical reform, and was then channelled and organized into an instrument of agitation for reform of the parliamentary system. The Yorkshire Association of the early 1780's marked the first effective extension of modern political radicalism in Great Britain from the metropolitan region into the provinces. In the foreground is the British Lion being unchained by a sailor and a soldier. The design is surrounded by a garland, the lower part of oak leaves, the upper part of olive. In the centre below the design is a trophy of the royal arms, flags, drums, cannon, an anchor and other munitions of war. In the centre above the design are the arms of the city of York supported by two cornucopias. Below this is a picture of Britannia and America embracing. On the left are the arms of Edwin Lascelles (Lascelles was a supporter of the Court, and through the efforts of Wyvill and Mason, the chief organizers of the Yorkshire Association, a large sum was raised in September 1780 to oppose his re-election.) On the right the arms of Sir George Savile, the other member for Yorkshire, who presented the Yorkshire petition to the House of Commons. Priced 'Price 2s' lower right.
BM Satires: 5657. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 10834] £520.00