The poll [graphic].
- The poll [graphic].
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- [1784 April 12]
- Copyright Date
- [not before 27 April 1784]
- Publication Place
- W. Humphry, no. 227 Strand
- "A see-saw representing the state of the poll between Fox and Wray, Mrs. Hobart (left) seated on one end, the Duchess of Devonshire (right) on the other, in front of the polling-booth in Covent Garden. Mrs. Hobart, enormously fat, quite out-weighs the Duchess, and is, moreover, held down by Lord Hood who kneels behind her (left), while Sir Cecil Wray stands beside him watching the contest with an enigmatical expression. Fox stands behind the Duchess trying to hold down her end of the plank, but in vain; his uplifted left arm and closed eyes express the despair which he actually felt in the early days of polling (Russell, 'Corr. of Fox', ii. 267). The ladies face each other astride the plank, their arms outstretched, their bosoms bare. The plank rests on an irregular stone post. An excited crowd, very freely sketched, watches from the hustings and from below them; they scream encouragement to the rivals, waving their hats. Over the head of Wray is a playbill, 'The Rival Candidates Farce'; behind the Duchess is another, 'Duke and no Duke Play'. The former was a comic opera by Henry Bate (afterwards Bate-Dudley), first played 1775, the latter a farce by Tate, 1605."--British Museum online catalogue.
Date of publication based on earlier state with the imprint "Pub. April 27th, 1784, by E. Darchery, St. James's Street." Cf. New York Public Library, Caricatures collected by Horace Walpole (catalog ID: b16513354), Walpole 64.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Reissue by Humphrey of a plate originally published by Elizabeth Darchery; previous imprint statement has been burnished from plate and a new one etched in its place.
Temporary local subject terms: Election favors -- Polls -- See-saws -- Playbills -- Hustings -- Literature: Sir Henry Bate Dudley, Bt, 1745-1824, The rival candidates -- Literature: Tate, fl. 1605, Duke and no duke.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching with stipple on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25 x 35.1 cm, on sheet 29 x 40 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Rowlandson v. 1
- Collection Title
- The political and humourous works of Thomas Rowlandson, 1774-1825
- Collection/Other Creator
- Harvey, Francis
- Collection Created
- Container / Volume Information
- Vol. 1 (Box 2 of 2) | Folder I-59
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1784.
- Subject (Geographic)
- Westminster (London, England)--Politics and government.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Buckinghamshire, Albinia Hobart,--Countess of,--1738-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
Cavendish, Georgiana Spencer,--Duchess of Devonshire,--1757-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Great Britain.--Parliament--Elections, 1784.
Hood, Samuel Hood,--Viscount,--1724-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810, publisher.
Riviere & Son Binding.
Wray, Cecil,--Sir,--1734-1805--Caricatures and cartoons.
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 6526 and Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 1, page 127-8
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