March of the Per-y Tenantry or the Dukes Own.
Etching, 250 x 410mm. 9¾ x 16". Tear in lower margin, another into upper left part of plate.
Hugh Percy, 3rd Duke of Northumberland (1785 – 1847) drives a cart transformed into a prison by an arch-topped cage of bars fastened by a huge padlock. This is crowded with his tenants, going unwillingly to the poll. Some sit, glum and angry, others stand, to thrust heads, arms, or heads and shoulders through the bars. One exclaims: 'Let us mutiny! we will not be driven to the Poll like Sheep'. Two, who are very thin, struggle out at the back, where there is a crowd (right) with banners, headed by Beaumont and Ord; Beaumont exclaims: 'I see O—d we'll catch a few of the lean ones. John Bull stands beside them, applauding the escapers. The Duke, who is thin and dandified, with a Garter star dangling from his neck on a ribbon, leans forward to lash his pair of wretched plodding horses. The Duke's preferred (Tory) candidate Matthew Bell, small and dapper, rides a shaggy pony just in front of the cart, playing bagpipes; he has a crescent on his sleeve. Northumberland: 'Play up Matthew they are turning unruly, give them the Conservative Rant'. The Duke’s seat of Alnwick Castle in the background to left. Northumberland had attempted to coerce his tenants over the signature of an anti-Reform Address. From a set of South Northumberland election prints.
BM Satires: 17310.
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