Northumberland Races 1826.The memorable Contest between Bonny Pit Lad, Sprig of Talent, Slim Harry & Tom Dross.
Etching, platemark 225 x 440mm (9 x 17¼"). Damaged; laid on convservation tissue; creased as normal.
Political satire, with the Northumberland candidates dressed as jockeys. Another, similar print of the same title is described in BM Satires as showing Thomas Wentworth Beaumont winning easily and cheered by the crowd, followed by Liddell, Bell and Howick. The polite society on the far side raise their hats to Beaumont, who returns the gesture. By contrast, in the foreground fights break out amongst the drunken spectators (who raise a flag reading 'Beaumont for ever'. Beaumont in fact lost his Northumberland seat in 1826 to Liddell.
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