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- Object: All the World in a Hurry, or the Road from London to Oxford
Satire on the 1754 election representing the road between London and Oxford (the cities represented in the distance to left and right). The London candidates are led by Sir Crisp Gascoyne with a friend who indicates four witches flying on broomsticks, one of whom represents Mary Squires, the "old gipsy"; next are a group of Jews including Samson Gideon, then William Beckford and Sir William Calvert on horseback and Sir Richard Glyn in a post-chaise attempting to overtake the Jews; Slingsby Bethel drives his own gig in the foreground and Sir Robert Ladbroke and Sir John Barnard bring up the rear on horseback.
The Oxford candidates are led by Lord Wenman and Sir James Dashwood on horseback, followd by Lord Parker and Sir Edward Turner in a chaise with the Duke of Marlborough as postilion; the Duke of Newcastle brings up the rear driving a phaeton and explaining that he had been delayed by a funeral (that of his brother Henry Pelham, prime minister, who had died on 6 March). 4 April 1754
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Height: 208 millimetres
Width: 381 millimetres
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- The publication of the print was announced in the Public Advertiser on 4 April 1754.
In the event Gascoyne withdrew from the City of London election before it began on May 1 having accepted that his part in the notorious Canning case (in which he had saved Mary Squires from the gallows) would lead to defeat. Calvert's support of the "Jew Bill" of 1753 led to his coming last in the poll.
The Oxfordshire election which ended on 23 April was contested by the Whigs. The Tories Wenman and Dashwood won the poll, but the seats were eventually taken by Parker and Turner, supported by the Duke of Marlborough.
Newcastle succeeded Pelham as prime minister.
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- Associated Event: Oxfordshire Election 1754
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