The Pitmens Ejectment, or the Battle of Friars Goose.
Etching, 220 x 320mm. 8¾ x 12½". Crease into upper part of plate. Some soiling.
Constables and civilians armed with muskets forcibly remove furniture from the cottages on the right, while a crowd of miners in the background hurl missiles at the armed men. In the foreground (right) two well-dressed constables with truncheons seize a harmless-looking man who stands beside a pile of household goods: mattress, grandfather-clock, and two neat chairs. The miners' houses were the property of the colliery owners and they were needed for the new, non-union, workers. A force of armed constables, aggressively carrying out evictions at Friar's Goose at East Gateshead, Northumberland, was attacked by the miners, who seized and used their guns and assailed them with stones. Soldiers were sent for from Newcastle and mass arrests were made.
BM Satires: 17091.
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