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- Object: Crowns, Mitres, Maces
Subscription ticket for "An Election Entertainment" with the royal crown as a sun casting its rays on coronets, mitres and other symbols of power, as well as on a copy of "Hogarth's" Act of 1735. 1754
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Height: 225 millimetres
Width: 188 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Information from Paulson 1989, p. 162: Hogarth's subscription book for the Election series is in the BL, Department of Manuscripts, 22,394.k.1. The subscription opened on 28 March 1754 offering either "An Election Entertainment" alone (as in the present ticket) or all four prints of the series (as in Paulson 1989, 197.II; impressions in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Lewis-Walpole Library); by May 31 there were 461 subscribers to the first plate and 127 to the series. The subscription for the last three plates alone (as in Paulson 1989, 197.IV) ran from 24 February 1755 to 25 May 1756.; there were 165 subscribers.
The only change to the image itself was made by May 1754 when the crown on the right was changed from that of the Prince of Wales to that worn by younger sons of the king. This may simply have been a correction to acknowledge the fact that there was no Prince of Wales at the time, Frederick having died in 1751, or it may, as Paulson suggests, be an indication of Hogarth's support for George II's younger son, the Duke of Cumberland.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 Mar-Aug, London, Soane Museum, Hogarth's Election Entertainment
2001/2 Oct- Jan, Newcastle, Laing Gallery, Hogarth's Election Entertainment
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