[Northumberland election fight.]
Rare Etching, sheet 225 x 275mm. 9 x 10¾".
Political satire: two Tory candidates for a by-election in Northumberland held February/March 1826 face each other stripped to the waist as pugilists, their supporters gathered in opposing camps. The boxers are Matthew Bell (left) and Henry Thomas Liddell, first Earl of Ravensworth (1797 -1878). Bell is winning, and blood pours from Liddell's nose. Bell's backers include a stout parson, his uncle Ralph Henry Brandling, and C. J. Clavering (High Sheriff of Durham 1829-33) who seconded Bell's nomination in June. Liddell's fat bottle-holder is probably Sir Thomas Burdon. The by-election was called as a result of the death of Charles Brandling, Bell's uncle; result, in a poll of thirteen days: Bell 1,186, Liddell 1,150. (Lord Howick retired after a week's canvass.) Ill-feeling was caused by Liddell's canvassing immediately on Brandling's death, a week before Bell began his canvass, and also by Bell's 'disturbing the peace of the county' on the eve of a general election by contesting the seat after Liddell had announced his candidature. A Boxing print from a series of Northumberland election prints.
BM Satires: 15120.
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