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- Object: Peter and Paul expell'd from paradise.
Mellish and Sheridan (l.) lean from a stone gateway inscribed 'Gate of Saint Stephens' to drive away the defeated candidates, Burdett and Paull, who flee before them. They hold out swords with the undulating blades which by convention represent flame; these are inscribed respectively 'Midlesex' and 'Westminster' and emerge from billowing clouds; on the ground beside them are roses. Burdett clasps the r. arm of Paull, who is dressed in the slovenly manner of a tailor, as in BMSat 10608, &c. They hasten after the impassive Horne Tooke, both registering grief and fear. Tooke, dressed in old-fashioned clerical black, walks (l. to r.) reading a book: 'Diversions of Purley' [see BMSat 9893]. Beside him is a sign-post, pointing 'To Wimbledon'. They walk over an open heath. Below the design:
'The World was all before them where to choose
Their place of rest, and Parson T------e, their guide' December 1806
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Height: 246 millimetres
Width: 350 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 closely related elections of Middlesex and Westminster see BMSats 10614, 10619, &c. For Burdett and Tooke see BMSat 10731. Paull had been introduced by Cobbett to Burdett, and by Burdett to Tooke and his circle at Wimbledon. Patterson, 'Sir Francis Burdett and his Times', 1931, i. 179. The lines from 'Paradise Lost' (in which Tooke takes the place of Providence) were illustrated by Sayers in a famous print depicting the retreat of Fox and Burke from the Paradise of office in July 1782, see BMSat 6011. For the roses see BMSat 10558.
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