Sir Francis Burdett, Bar.t.The Man to British Hearts endear's, Within his Circle Honor'd, Lov'd & Fear'd, Not as a Tyrant; but whose generous Mind, Sighs for the Miseries of Human Kind: Humane & Virtuous in his private sphere, Feels for Distress, & wips the Widows Tear; Who shuns the ice & Follies of the Age, While nobler Views his nobler Mind engage: While fell Corruption with its deadly train, Storming & raging who the most shall gain; [...]
Stipple with two columns of verse below image Sheet size: 195 x 145mm (7ĺ x 5ĺ). Trimmed inside platemark. Light staining and creasing to right edge.
A portrait of Sir Francis Burdett (1770 - 1844), half length, to the left in an oval frame. He has short curled hair, wearing a plain double-breatsed coat and white cravat. He holds a scroll inscribed 'Magna-Char[ta]' in his left hand. An aristocrat and an independent MP, Burdett entered Parliament in 1796 to become the most influential radical politician. In 1807, with the help of labour activist Francis Place, Burdett successfully stood for Westminster. He was arrested and imprisoned for denouncing the House of Commonís decision to bar journalists from some debates. Burdett became a national celebrity as 'Burdett and Liberty' riots exploded onto London's streets, marking a shift of popular sympathy towards electoral reform.
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