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- Object: The High-Flying-Candidate, (i.e. Little Paul-Goose) mounting from a Blanket.
Hood, in naval uniform, and Sheridan toss Paull high in the air from a Coalition-Blanket. Paull is dressed as a tailor, with ungartered stockings and slippers, a tape-measure round his shoulders; he drops a tailor's goose (iron) and shears. Hood wears naval uniform with top-boots; he tucks a corner of the blanket under his empty coat-sleeve (he lost his arm in an action off Rochefort, 25 Sept. 1805). In Sheridan's pocket is a pamphlet: 'The Devil among ye Tailors'. Below the blanket is a flat tombstone: 'Sacred to the Memory of Poor Charley late Member for the City of Westminster - We ne'er shall meet his like again!!!' This, together with adjacent flag-stones, the ghost of Fox is pushing up; his head and hand emerge, registering profound disapproval; he says: "O Temporal O Mores." Behind Hood is a mob of cheering sailors with banners; two are inscribed: 'Hood and Sheridan - for Ever! - no Skulking to Buonaparte, and Navy and volunteers No Sarver ['] no Taylor." They wear favours inscribed 'Hood' and they shout "Hood & Sherry". Behind Sheridan are cheering volunteers in uniform with a banner: 'Sheridan and Hood! - Volunteers and the Navy.' They shout "Sherry & Hood for Ever"; "No Stitchlouse"; "Sherry" [three times], "Sheridan". Behind (r.) is the left. end of the hustings with placards indicating the polling places for the parishes of 'St James' and 'St George'. Behind the blanket, and in the distance, is a cheering mob; those on the left shout "Hood for Ever" or [once only] "Sherry for ever". Those on the r. (including a chimney-sweep) shout "Paul for Ever, Cucumber for Ever, Paul & Cabbage"; one man holds up a pair of shears. 11 November 1806
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Height: 245 millimetres
Width: 355 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.; for the emblems tailordom, BMSat 10608; for Sheridan and the Volunteers, BMSat 10082, &c.
Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 340-1. Wright and Evans, No. 326. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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