An Election Entertainment. Plate I [&] Canvassing for Votes. Plate II [&] The Polling. Plate III [&] Chairing the Members. Plate IV.
Published 24th. February 1755, as the Act Directs (Plate I); Published 20th February 1757, as the Act directs (Plate II); Published 20th February 1758, as the Act directs (Plate III); Published 1st January 1758, as the Act directs (Plate IV).
Set of four engraving. Plate: 560 x 440mm, (22 x 17¼"). Large margins. Plate III trimmed to plate on left & right. Some repairs.
William Hogarth's 'Election' series, the issues of which derive from the Oxfordshire election of 1754, in which a two year propaganda war took place between the Duke of Marlborough and the long-standing Tory supremacy in Oxfordshire which he challenged. Prior to this, the parliamentary seats in Oxfordshire had not been contested since 1710. The four plates are respectively dedicated to Henry Fox (later first Baron Holland), Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, Sir Edward Walpole and George Hay.
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