Escort of the Prisoners by Torch Light to the Bristol Jail,Tried (under a Special Commission) for Riot & Arson in the Year 1832.
Published by George Davey 1, Broad Street, Bristol, and by Charles Tilt, Fleet Street, London, and all other Book & Printsellers.
Mezzotint on india laid paper, 235 x 305mm. 9¼ x 12".
A scene from the aftermath of the Bristol Riots of 1831, after the House of Lords rejected the second Reform Bill, which aimed to get rid of some of the rotten boroughs and give Britain's fast growing industrial towns such as Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds greater representation in the House of Commons. The rioters numbered about 500 or 600 young men and continued for three days, during which the palace of Robert Gray the Bishop of Bristol, the Mansion House, and private homes and property were looted and destroyed, along with demolition of much of the gaol. About 100 people involved were tried in January 1832 and four men were hanged despite a petition of 10,000 Bristolian signatures, which was given to King William IV.
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