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Object: Anticipated radical meeting.
Series: Political Sketches
No. 121. Hunt speaks to an enthusiastic audience of Tories from a wagon (as at his Smithfield and other meetings, cf. BM Satires No. 13627). This is marked 'Hunt's Matchl'[ess Blacking], and contains a box of blacking jars. He is in back view stooping with his right fist raised: 'Will the bill I ask, do away with places and pensions? (cheers) will it abolish tithes and taxts? (cheers) In a word will it make the poor rich and happy? (Great cheering) No! It will do none of these! therefore I say this bill is all a delusion! (tremendous cheering & waving of hats)'.
A standing crowd faces him, with Sugden on the extreme left, holding up a placard: 'Hunt The Matchless Reformer'. Peel in the foreground holds out his hat, next him stands Goulburn. Twiss is prominent, waving his hat, while Wetherell grins over his shoulder. The shouts are 'Hunt for ever' [twice] 'Bravo Hunt', and 'Hunt is the man for us!' On the right, on a stand hidden by the cart, is a seated group of peers. Wellington in front listens intently with folded arms; Ellenborough sits on his right, waving his hat, Aberdeen looks over Wellington's left. shoulder. Behind is Cumberland, behind whom stands Eldon waving his hat and shouting '"One cheer more"!' Two (ill-matched) dogs sniff at each other in amity. 20 April 1831
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Height: 353 millimetres
Width: 277 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
Hunt, see No. 16539, opposed the Reform Bill on ultra-Radical grounds on 14 Apr.; O'Connell said he (Hunt) had shown the Tories "he was a lumping pennyworth if they were disposed to purchase". 'Parl. Deb.', 3rd s. iii. 1351; Greville, 'Memoirs', 1938, ii. 136. In the 'Pol. Reg.' for 12 Mar. Cobbett attacked Hunt, citing allegedly complimentary comments by Tories on his attitude to the Bill. For Tories and Radicals see also Nos. 16070, 16637, 16638, 16656, 16831, 16919, 16923 , 16967, 16972.
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