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Satirical illustration to "The Whigs Unmask'd: Being the Secret History of the Calf's Head Club" (1713), showing a riot in Bloomsbury in 1712. Troopers entering from the left beside what is presumably intended to be Bedford House disperse rioters by force. In the background, within the railings of Bloomsbury Square rioters are feeding a bonfire; three men carry a barrel of tar or beer; others lean on the rail outside a tavern from which hangs the sign of the half-moon.
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Height: 153 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 102 millimetres (printed area)
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- The related text on pp. 129-131 of the book (quoted by Stephens) suggests that the riot was instigated by a Scottish Lord (probably the Earl of Ilay) and "a certain Whiggish peer" who attempted to get the Tory mob drunk so that they would shout "Confusion to the High Church and Dr Sacheverell"; in the event they maintained their support for the Queen.
For the Calves' Head Club, and for related illustrations, see 1858,0626.651.1.
This impression is mounted on an old album sheet with a press-cutting (1860,0623.111.39) advertising theatrical performances in London; it is annotated "1711"
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Associated Title: The Whigs Unmask'd: Being the Secret History of the Calf's-Head-Club
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