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- Object: Ride for ride or secret influence rewarded.
Fox (right) walks (left to right) carrying the Duchess of Devonshire seated on his shoulders, her legs much exposed, one with a garter inscribed 'Fox' (reversed). He says "Pray support me till you are quite spent". She holds in both hands Fox's queue, saying, "Ill hold fast by your tail & am sure we cannot fail". Behind is a high brick wall in which is an open door (right). In the background, in front of the wall, three canvassing ladies (left), on a small scale, ride their respective candidates. The first is the Duchess of Devonshire, riding a fox; the other two ride animals with human heads; in front is (probably) Lady Salisbury, with a melancholy expression, riding Hood, and last the fat Mrs. Hobart on Sir Cecil Wray. These three say respectively (the words written in reversed looking-glass characters): "Fox for ever"; "Hood for ever"; and "One Ray of hope is left." 25 May 1784
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 322 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
The poll was declared on 17 May, see Appendix I, so that the print was out of date when published. One of many satires on the canvassing of the Duchess of Devonshire and other ladies, cf. BMSat 6493, 6588, &c. According to a newspaper paragraph Lady Salisbury 'is the only woman of rank who has interfered on the Ministerial side. . . . But her proceedings have been marked with such delicacy and dignity, as to shame the mobbing conduct of her rivals'. 'Westminster Election', p. 259. For Mrs. Hobart see BMSat 6526, &c.
Reproduced, Fuchs, 'Die Frau in der Karikatur', 1906, p. 450.
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