[Bristol electoral politics; five handbills relating to Henry Hunt (1773-1835).]
Five letterpress broadside handbills printed on coarse rag papers (incl. two watermarked laid sheets). Four approx. 200 x 150mm, 8 x 6", one 230 x 180mm, 9 x 7"; (5). Some a little creased. Tatty extremities, as normal; minor spotting and soiling.
These rare survivors of cheap popular printing, handed out as flyers on Bristol's streets, attack Henry Hunt and his politics. A radical politician and demagogue, Hunt was born in Upavon, Wiltshire and became a supporter of Francis Burdett during the Napoleonic Wars. His talent for public speaking came to notice in the electoral politics of Bristol, where he denounced the complacency of both the Whigs and the Tories. His reputation as a great public speaker earned him the name 'Orator Hunt'. The authors or sponsors of these broadsides are anonymous (in one case a pseudonym, 'Captain Jee', is used), and they employ satirical verse or thinly-veiled metaphors to attack their opponent. Some are embellished with very basic decorative vignettes, to complement the letterpress. Hunt was imprisoned after the Peterloo massacre, 1819, when the cavalry was used to disband a peaceful demonstration resulting in eleven dead and hundreds injured. He was popularly regarded as a martyr of reform and took pride of place in the Chartist pantheon.
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