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- Object: Election-troops, bringing in their accounts, to the pay table.
The 'Election-Troops', headed by Major Topham, advance towards the barred gate of the 'Treasury', behind which stands Pitt, holding a large key. He says, "I know nothing of you my Friends, Lord H------d pays all the expences himself - Hush! Hush! go to the back-Door in Great George Street under the Rose!" Topham holds out to Pitt a paper inscribed 'For Puffs & Squibs and for abusing opposition', in his right hand is a newspaper. 'The World' (see BMSat 7210, &c). Behind him is a dwarfish and ragged newsboy holding his horn, on his cap is the word 'Star' above a star. Under his arm is a copy of 'The Star' newspaper, in his right hand a paper inscribed 'For changing Sides; for hiring of Ballad Singers & Grub Street Writers. . .' . Next him is a publican holding a paper inscribed 'For Eating & Drink[ing] for Jack Ass Boys'. Behind these, three of the Foot Guards march together, each holding a paper inscribed 'For the attack in Bow Street' (see BMSat 7352); one holds a bayonet dripping with blood. Across the front of their caps is the word 'Hood'. A ragged and dwarfish cobbler holding a pair of shoes holds out a paper inscribed 'Far Voting 3 times'; he walks next two ballad-singers, one, fat, ragged, and pregnant, holds in her right hand a paper inscribed 'For Singing Ballads at 5 Skill pr Day . .', in her left hand is a sheaf of broadsides inscribed 'A begging we will go --- --- A new Song'. The woman next her holds a similar account; her hat is inscribed 'Hood'. On the extreme left is a sailor with a bludgeon who holds out a paper: 'For kicking up a Riot'. Next him is a burly and grinning black man (cf. BMSat 7367). Between these two and the cobbler a bearded Jew holds up in both hands a paper inscribed 'For Perjury & procuring Jew Voters'. Behind are the heads of the rest of the crowd; most wear election favours in their hats with the word 'Hood'. 14 August 1788
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Height: 245 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of many satires on the Westminster by-election, see BMSat 7339, &c. For Topham as ministerial journalist cf. BMSats 7371, 7477. 'Under the Rose' is an allusion to George Rose (successor to Robinson), the Treasury Secretary, whose duty it was to manage the election business of the Government. Hood's expenses were raised by a levy on the great officers of state and leading Ministerial peers, the balance being made up by the Treasury. 'Proceedings in an Action for Debt by C. J. Fox against J. Horne Tooke', 1792. This is confirmed by Buckingham, 'Courts and Cabinets of George III', ii. 16. See also Laprade, 'William Pitt and Westminster Elections', 'American Hist. Rev.' xviii. 270.
Another impression from which the price has been removed.
Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 100-1 (copy). Wright and Evans, No. 37. Reissued, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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