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- Object: Triumphal Procession of Little-Paul-The Taylor upon his new-Goose.
The procession trudges through the muddy channel (kennel) between cobblestones from 'Hudsons Hotel', whose pillared porch, with a placard, 'Paul & Indep[endence]', is partly visible on the extreme right., to the hustings, part of which is in the background (l.). The central figure is Paull, seated with crossed ankles on a big 'India Cabbage' on the back of a goose with the head of Sir Francis Burdett, the goose's beak projecting in front of Burdett's profile as in BMSat 10708, &c. Paull is an out-at-elbows tailor, in slovenly dress. In his right. hand he holds a huge pair of shears, between the blades of which is a vast 'True Perth Cucumber'. In his left hand is a yard-stick over his shoulders is a tape-measure; on the back of his goose are a roll of patterns of 'Superfine Cloth' inscribed 'Patterns for the New Parliament Dress', and a smoothing-iron inscribed 'Goose upon Goose'. Horne Tooke, full face and walking sideways, leads the goose by a noose of rope round its neck; he says: "Come along Goosee! come along! Paulee says he will go with you if its to the Scaffold! Goosee!!" Under his arm is a pamphlet: 'Hints for New Patriots'. In his hat is a favour: 'Paul & Public Good'. In front of Tooke, and leading the procession is Bosville, a shambling elderly man scattering coins from his hat; he says: "There's a Penny apiece, for you Lads! & now Hollo out - "Paul forever!" and then Ill give each of you a Ride, in my Coach & Four! - Hollo boys!!" In his pocket is a 'List of the London Correspo[nding] Society'. Behind the goose Cobbett marches aggressively, putting his top-boot to the bird's rump, and blowing a fiery blast from a trumpet: 'Glorious News! - Paul for ever! - damnation to the Whigs'. In his left hand he holds out a sheaf of 'Cobbett's Political Register'; from his pocket projects 'Speeches for Paul Goose &c &c &c'. In his hat is a favour inscribed 'Independence and Public Justice'. Behind him and on the extreme right. are hideous crones bawling from the ballads they hold: 'Paul & Plumpers'. They wear favours inscribed 'Paul'. In the background the mob faces the procession, cheering wildly, waving hats and bludgeons, and with the inevitable chimney-sweep. They shout "Paul for Ever" and "Paul & Plumpers". Some (l.) hold out their hats to catch Bosville's coins. Below the design are inscriptions describing the figures (l. to r.): ' Tom Paine [i.e. Bosville] distributing Halfpence among the Mob - (Vide, Election at Honiton - "Tom Paine for Ever" -  an Old Monk from Brentford - leading poor Goose in a string! (Vide - Paul's address to the Electors of Westminsr [3, the title.]  Porcupine [see BMSat 11049] dirtying his Boots, in attempting to give Poor Goosee a shove out of the Kennel. -  Ballad Singers at 5 shilling a day closing the Procession.' On the two posts of the hustings, at the end occupied by Paull's supporters, are the placards: 'St Giles in the Fields' and 'Tothil Fields'. (On the actual placards were the names of the Westminster parishes, indicating where voters were to poll: Gillray implies a rabble from the slums, outside and inside Westminster.) 8 November 1806
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Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 353 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For the Westminster Election see BMSat 10619, &c. On 6 Nov. Sheridan's supporters were preceded by Irish bludgeon-men from St. Giles' who ushered before the hustings a pageant led by a man carrying on a long pole a cabbage surmounted by a smoothing-iron. Next was a man dressed as an ape (to represent Paull), carried on a board surrounded by implements of tailoring. Last was a man dressed as a French Jacobin, wearing a huge hat adorned with cockades and inscriptions for Paull, in one hand a truncheon inscribed 'Liberty, Protection, and Peace', in the other one of Paull's election bills. He made gestures of conciliation to the mob; on his back were emblems of cruelty and tyranny. 'Hist. of the Westminster and Middlesex Elections', p. 70 f. The performers were scene-shifters from Dury [? sic] Lane, according to the 'Rising Sun' (see BMSat 10702), ii. 121. Cobbett, [The first appearance of Cobbett as (faithfully) depicted by Gillray, whose portraits bear out Hazlitt's description in 'Table Talk'. The scarlet waistcoat appears in all Gillray's prints: in this one he wears top-boots, and in BMSat 10697 long pantaloons and shoes. In intermediate prints his legs are concealed, but in 11047 and thereafter wears the more characteristic neat gaiters buttoned to the knee.] impelled by distrust and dislike of the Ministry, made violent attacks on Whiggism in his 'Pol. Reg.', and gave very effective support to the radicals in the general election, especially to Paull and Burdett. Bosville was a contributor to all radical causes and a benefact Horne Tooke. He is identified with Tom Paine, who was in America, and had not returned to England since his flight to France in 1792 (see BMSat 8131). For the (defunct) London Corresponding Society see BMSat 9189. 'Paul and Plumpers' was an election song: 'Tune - Drops of Brandy'. Ibid. p 62 f. Paull was the son of a Perth tailor; cabbage connotes cloth pilfered by tailo see (e.g.) BMSat 5399. London tailors in summer were said to be cheaper than cucumbers: 'Cucumbers two a penny, tailors twice as many.' For Paull and India see BMSat 10561, &c, for Horne Tooke and Burdett (e.g.), BMSat 10731.
In the Print Room there is a portrait head of Paull in profile to the r., by Gillray, with memoranda of features and costume. Binyon, ii. 219.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 340. Wright and Evans, No. 323. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, L. Melville, 'Life and Letters of Cobbett', 1913, i. 326. Cobbett writes, 10 Sept. 1808, of Gillray: 'This master of the art has tried his talent upon Sir Francis Burdett and his Westminster procession, but if he would make a candid confession, he would tell us, that that was amongst the most unsuccessful of his efforts.' 'Pol. Reg.' xiv. 402. He probably refers to this pl., Burdett's Westminster procession was not depicted by Gillray, but cf. BMSat 10732.
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