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- Object: Bull's triumph
Alderman Bull, wearing his furred gown and chain, is entering the Lord Mayor's coach. He treads on the back of Wilkes and his right. hand rests on the cap of Liberty which is on a long staff held by Wilkes. Two men (r.) lie prostrate and despairing on the ground, and two others, one a clergyman, stand behind, wringing their hands in consternation. A little boy (l.) claps his hands with amusement, behind him a fat butcher laughs at the scene. A dog barks at the prostrate figures. 1 November 1773
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Height: 164 millimetres
Width: 105 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', v. 524.
The accompanying dialogue shows that the prostrate figures are Sawbridge and Oliver who have been knocked down by "bawling liverymen". The two standing figures are Parson Horne, "defroqué", and an aspirant to the office of chaplain to the Lord Mayor if Sawbridge had been elected.
At Michaelmas 1773 there was a heated contest for the Mayoralty between Wilkes and Bull on one side and Sawbridge and Oliver on the other. Wilkes and Bull were elected, Wilkes at the head of the poll. Their names were submitted to the Court of Aldermen which chose Bull, it was said by the casting vote of Townsend the outgoing Mayor. Bull was Wilkes's creature and the election was a complete discomfiture for Wilkes's enemies while the rejection of Wilkes in spite of his majority only increased his popularity. Walpole, 'Last Journals', 1910, i. 250. For Bull, see 'City Biography', 1800, p. 84. For the quarrel between Wilkes and Horne, the origin of the split among the City patriots, see BMSat 4861, &c.
See also BMSat 5130, 5131, 5235.
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