An Electioneering Recruiting Party.
Etching, sheet 220 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Trimmed to/close to platemark. Two small spots of grease in the image. Some scuffing.
Tory candidate Henry Thomas Liddell, first Earl of Ravensworth (1797 -1878), passive and insignificant, walks, baton in hand, between two supporters who head a band men playing music. They are preceded (left) by a handsome portly man holding up a state-sword. On Liddell's left is the chief canvasser (? Burdon), beating with drumsticks a cask slung from his neck; on his right is a man banging on a salt-box. The first pair of followers are seemingly a glass-manufacturer and an anchor-founder: one blows glass and holds a bottle or decanter, the other beats a small anchor. Another plays castanets; another beats a makeshift drum, two flourish tambourines. The last man raises a frying-pan to chase off a hare. A two-coloured flag is held aloft. From a set of satirical prints concerning electioneering in South Northumberland in 1826.
BM Satires: 15122.
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