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- Object: The Banker's Election Triumph or a Caution to Moneyd People
Satire on a corrupt banker and member of parliament. William Belchier, banker in Lombard Street and MP for Southwark wearing a tartan waistcoat, is driven in a coach, its door emblazoned with his monogram and two sailors standing up behind, along a street, presumably in his constituency. The crowd reacts in different ways: an old woman raises her fists in anger that her apple cart has been overturned; a publican holding a large tankard who will support any candidate who pays for liquor; a Quaker is determined to hold on to his money; two clergymen thank Belchier for their livings and tythes; two voters trusting Belchier to protect their Liberty and Property (to which he responds curtly); two sailors, one holding a cudgel making fun of the crowd, the other dancing as he plays the fiddle saying that if he were the candidate he would "play up siuch a tune should get all their Mopusses" (i.e. money); an old couple predicting trouble; a Scot admires Belchier and a smiling old gentleman agrees; in the centre a dog chases a street urchin.
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print and its sequel, BM Satires 1994, would have been published around the time of Belchier's bankrupcy in late 1760 probably in early 1761 when Lord Bute's growing ascendancy was giving rise to anti-Scots sentiment.
Stephens dates the present print to 1747 when Belchier was first elected to parliament.
Certain stylistic features, particularly the dog, the face of the quaker and the two sailors up behind the coach, suggest a possible connection with the designs of Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale.
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