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- Object: The rival champion!! or little wadd preparing for the one eyed coronation.
A man in armour, his vizor up, rides a dray-horse in profile to the left over the cobbles of a London street; he is preceded by a ragged herald and followed by a rabble carrying makeshift banners. The stout herald is John Bull; this is shown by the arms on his tabard; the four quarterings and fess point being bulls rampant, bulls passant, and bulls' heads. He blows a trumpet inscribed Irony; words issue from it:
'Proclamation. Oyes! Oyes! Oyes! Whoever denies that this here Country of Bulls Land is the most prosperous & happy of all possible Countries! that the people are all free and contented! that the K—g (God bless him) is a very proper Gentleman and loves his Wife to distraction! that his Ministers are all honest men! that the Taxes are moderate! and the National Debt nothing at all! that the Parliament is pure! and the Clergy religious! and lastly that the Bridge Street Gentry are all virtuous! I say he lies in his throat like a false traitor, and the Champion here, little Radical Wadd is ready to prove the same—So God save the King—and the Queen— Come along my boys Huzza!—Huzza!!'
The route is lined by a cheering proletarian crowd, who shout Huzza!! Reform.
The champion holds a shield inscribed Rights of Man, and a tilting-lance on which is a cap of Liberty. His (blinkered) horse has a collar inscribed Whitbread's Entire, and is decked out with white favours, as worn by the Queen's supporters; the harness is Universal Suffrage. The banners are Quartern Loaf Sixpence; Porter 3 Pence Per Pot [carried by a woman], and No Pensions. No Sinacures; all are surmounted by caps of Liberty.
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 370 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
A satire on the Challenge at the forthcoming coronation ('one eyed' because without the Queen, cf. No. 14203) by Dymoke, the King's Champion, cf. No. 14205. 'The Bridge Street Gentry' are the members of the 'Constitutional Association for opposing the Progress of Disloyal and Seditious Principles', founded in Dec. 1820, their chief object being to put the law in action against 'a licentious Press, which, without excepting even the day of sacred rest, inundates the nation with an unexampled profusion of slanderous, seditious, and blasphemous publications'. See Wickwar, Struggle for the Freedom of the Press 1819-1832, pp. 180 ff.; No. 14221, &c. For Waddington see Nos. 13273, 14261. 'Whitbread's Entire' was used as a synonym for factious froth; cf. (e.g.), No. 9240; his two sons were in Parliament, Samuel Charles, M.P. for Middlesex, being a Reformer and a supporter of the Queen. For sinecures cf. No. 12781, &c.
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