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Object: To the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
Object: The Humble Petition of the Livery of the City of London
A broadside on the Livery of London, presenting a petition to King George III on 10 July 1769; with an engraving showing on the left the King seated on his throne, attended by two courtiers, in front of him a man kneeling and presenting a scroll, on the right a group of men standing, the image is framed and flanked by Justice on the left and Hope on the right; with engraved inscriptions, and with letterpress titles and text in three columns. ([London], Bowen: 1769)
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Height: 164 millimetres (etching, no plate mark)
Height: 360 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 230 millimetres (etching, no plate mark)
Width: 236 millimetres (printed area)
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- Wilkes had been re-elected MP for Middlesex in February, March and April 1769, but on all three occasions the election was overturned by Parliament. After the last election his opponent HL Luttrell was declared elected. Supporters of Wilkes formed the Bill of Rights Society, which tried to force Parliament to accept the will of the Middlesex electorate and to introduce parliamentary reforms. Petitions were presented to the King on 24 May 1769 (Middlesex) and 10 July 1769 (City of London).
For further information on Wilkes, see BM 1873-8-9-1475. For other related broadsides, see also BM 1868-8-8-13492, BM 1867-3-9-781, BM 1871-12-9-4625.
The plate of this print was altered, and had previously been used for the Middlesex petition, see BM 1868-8-8-4432.
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