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- Object: The patriots decieved, or Townsend triumphant
Wilkes, holding the cap of liberty on a staff and wearing a furred alderman's gown, is stepping into a state coach. He is being pulled back by another alderman. A third alderman (r.) is clasping his hands in distress. On the left. one alderman takes, though with an air of reluctance, money-bags and notes from another. All wear furred gowns. Behind (l.) a parson watches with a face of satisfaction; with him is a very obese man. In the foreground a small boy (l.) appears to be clapping his hands while a dog barks, on the right. a little chimney sweep with brush and bag of soot points derisively at Wilkes. Behind (r.) a man wearing a laced hat weeps into a handkerchief. 1 December 1772
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Height: 108 millimetres
Width: 161 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
From the 'Town and Country Magazine', iv. 585.
Wilkes had been returned at the head of the poll for the mayoralty in 1772 but was rejected by the Court of Aldermen in favour of Alderman Townsend, one of the City patriots who had quarrelled with Wilkes. Sharpe, 'London and the Kingdom', iii. 132-4. The clergyman in the background appears to be Parson Horne. The transaction with money-bags is probably intended to represent Harley distributing bribes from the ministry to secure the rejection of Wilkes, for which the King was extremely anxious. 'Corr. of George III', ed. Fortescue, ii. 401. The accompanying dialogue consists of an altercation between Wilkes and Townsend without reference to the bystanders. For Townsend see 'Notes and Queries', 11th S. v., pp. 2-4 (1912). For the quarrel between Wilkes and Horne (which involved Townsend and others) see BMSat 4861, &c, and BMSat 5129-31; for Harley, BMSat 4939, &c.
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