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- Object: The Election or Jemmy Twitcher against the Feild
Satire on Lord Sandwich and venial members of the University of Cambridge. Sandwich, shown towering above other figures, stands in the centre identified by a jockey cap and cricket bat and ball. He says, "I am now Presedent of the Beef Stake Club Since my old friend & Rivel is Gone" (a reference to John Wilkes), "It is my first Innings so mind your bets I was allways fameious for getting Notches" and "Our Greacious Thane begs of you to Support him in the Northern Cause" (a reference to Lord Bute). In his pockets are papers with the names of posts that he is offering to electors. On either side obsequious members of the University, in clerical dress, address him with phrases including, "My Lord, I've no more Neices but my Daughter is at your Service", "Ive Composed a New Catch Pray Recomend Me, Pray Recomend me to the Grand Dectator" (Lord Bute), "Ive wrote a Book on the Art of Lying & Canting May I Dedicate't", "I will be sure not to Ask after my Lady nor will worship a Scotified Divel"; others express doubts about Sandwich's character, "but are you sure things will hold for O Grief of Griefs if they shd. not", "he Intends to go to Church now, better Late then Never", "he has as Much Religion as we have", "I will Go, I dont Like the face of things above I hate Tools and Toad Eaters".
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- 1764 (circa)
Height: 218 millimetres (image)
Height: 234 millimetres
Width: 354 millimetres (image)
Width: 369 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The High Steward is an official post elected by members of the University, but in the 18th century normally given to prominent persons. In March 1764 the post was contested between Sandwich and Lord Hardwicke who gained equal votes; the post was eventually given to Hardwicke.
The print was announced in the St James's Chronicle, 13 March 1764, and the Public Advertiser, 17 March 1764.
A 'notch' was the current term for a run in cricket (OED).
Horace Walpole refers to Sandwich's ill treatment of his wife in a letter to Horace Mann of 12 July 11765; footnote 22 in the Yale edition explains: "Lord Sandwich was parted from his wife, who was out of her senses (HW). 'Lady Sandwich was confined for lunacy, but Lord S's enemies said, she was still shut up after she recovered her senses—at least she never appeared again in the world' (HW's M S note to his M S copy, now WSL, of Gray's 'The Candidate").
Gray's poem refers to Sandwich's lecherous behaviour in a mock conversation between three sisters, Physic, Law and Divinity, evidently the academic shools of the University of Cambridge. Charles Churchill's poem of the same title refers to Sandwich as Lothario (the seducer in Nicholas Rowwe's popular play, "The Fair Penitent")
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