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The ghost of a rotten borough, appearing on the hustings of Covent Garden.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1948,0214.708

  • Title (object)

    • The ghost of a rotten borough, appearing on the hustings of Covent Garden.
  • Description

    A crowd at the hustings; the 'ghost' of the borough of Honiton, a large figure of a man with bulging eyes, wearing a nightshirt (over which insects are crawling) and nightcap, stands at left raising its arms, and crying 'Look at this Dirty Shirt. Dost thou know me know'; papers in his mouth are inscribed 'bribery and corruption'. At right, Lord Cochrane in naval costume stands in a heroic posture, saying, 'Take any shape but that and my firm nerves shall never tremble.'; behind him, James Paull says, 'I thought some Mischief was Brewing'. At centre, Burdett leans down to Sheridan, to say, 'Let the gall'd Jade wince our withers are unwrung'; Sheridan, a paper inscribed 'Ilchester' in his pocket, glumly replies, 'I beg you will not mention the subject, you hurt my feelings'. 17 May 1807
    Hand-coloured etching with stipple

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1807
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 252 millimetres
    • Width: 349 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, and publication line: 'Pubd May 17 1807 by Thos. Tegg No. 111 Cheapside'
  • Curator's comments

    Cochrane had been elected to the corrupt borough of Honiton in October 1806, and was then elected to Westminster in May 1807, alongside Burdett. Burdett and Paull had quarrelled in their competition for the Westminster seat, and Sheridan, also defeated, accepted the seat of Ilchester. See DNB, BM Satires 10725, 10732, 10736.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1948

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1948,0214.708

A crowd at the hustings; the 'ghost' of the borough of Honiton, a large figure of a man with bulging eyes, wearing a nightshirt (over which insects are crawling) and nightcap, stands at left raising its arms, and crying 'Look at this Dirty Shirt. Dost thou know me know'; papers in his mouth are inscribed 'bribery and corruption'. At right, Lord Cochrane in naval costume stands in a heroic posture, saying, 'Take any shape but that and my firm nerves shall never tremble.'; behind him, James Paull says, 'I thought some Mischief was Brewing'. At centre, Burdett leans down to Sheridan, to say, 'Let the gall'd Jade wince our withers are unwrung'; Sheridan, a paper inscribed 'Ilchester' in his pocket, glumly replies, 'I beg you will not mention the subject, you hurt my feelings'.  17 May 1807  Hand-coloured etching with stipple

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A crowd at the hustings; the 'ghost' of the borough of Honiton, a large figure of a man with bulging eyes, wearing a nightshirt (over which insects are crawling) and nightcap, stands at left raising its arms, and crying 'Look at this Dirty Shirt. Dost thou know me know'; papers in his mouth are inscribed 'bribery and corruption'. At right, Lord Cochrane in naval costume stands in a heroic posture, saying, 'Take any shape but that and my firm nerves shall never tremble.'; behind him, James Paull says, 'I thought some Mischief was Brewing'. At centre, Burdett leans down to Sheridan, to say, 'Let the gall'd Jade wince our withers are unwrung'; Sheridan, a paper inscribed 'Ilchester' in his pocket, glumly replies, 'I beg you will not mention the subject, you hurt my feelings'. 17 May 1807 Hand-coloured etching with stipple

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