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- Object: A view of the starting post and list of the horses and their riders who started for the city plate, October 5th 1812.
The seven candidates for the four seats for the City of London are horses with human heads, ridden by jockeys except for one (left) who is led off the course. The others are all in profile to the left. The scene is the Guildhall, a wall with Gothic mouldings forming a background. Voters stand on the extreme right behind a bar; on the extreme left, through the doorway, spectators are seen. The starting-post is a tall pole held by a man in top-boots, supporting a banner on which are four clasped hands, the wrists forming a cross, with the motto 'In Hoc Signo Vincit' [cf. No. 10416]; this is surmounted by the City arms. Labels issue from the mouths of all the jockeys. These are (left to right): (the departing jockey) 'Your servant Gentlemen for this time we'll start on some other Course for a Kings Plate' [Claudius Hunter]; 'You see mine stands as quietly as if he was Wood' [Alderman Wood]; 'You woul [sic] think he had nothing on his back, but we are Weight man!' [Waith man, a Common Councillor]; 'What are you At-kin of the old one a little flogging will suit you perhap' [Alderman Atkins]; 'PShaw now don't be Prancing so you'll want all your speed presently' [Sir James Shaw]; 'I can hardly hold Banker in till we start He has been so well train'd on Turtle Soup' [Sir William Curtis]; 'Good bye to you there! you may do for a Hunter if not for a Racer' [Combe addressing Hunter]; his horse is branded with a comb. Below the title:
Horses Riders Color
Banker [Curtis] ... Integrity ... Blue. A Favorite Old Horse, has often started and won he is in good condition and can be trusted on most Courses, is expected to come in easy
Long Jemmy [Shaw] Industry Green Won the last plate in style and is supposed to have bottom, is expected to come in with good Jockey ship.
Catholic Christian. [Combe] Broad-Bottom. Crimson A Cunning Old Horse goes pleasant with some Riders but is given to kicking, in general few jockies like to trust him.
Merchan [Atkins] Doubtful Black and White} A Horse also enter'd for the first time well bred and like'd by the Jockies, but is supposed not to have got his speed yet may do for the next race.
Ell-wide [Waithman] ... Opposition ... Orange. An Old Horse enter'd for the first time, the Gentlemen of the Turf are doubtfull of him, but the Stable boys and Helpers speak highly of him and expect him to come in easy he is cunning and difficult to ride and has often bolted in exercising.
Woodbe [Wood] ... Vanity ... Pink and Yellow, A Horse enter'd for the first time, and by those who have seen him exercise declared to have neither Speed or Ability, he has always endeavoured to keep up with Ellwide but always distanced.
Hunter [Hunter] ... Loyalty ... Scarlet and Gold This is a promising Young Horse but the Jockies being doubtfull of his speed he was led of the course before starting.
6 to 4 on Banker and Catholic Christian, 5 to 4 on Long Jemmy, even betting on Merchant, betting on Ell-wide vary, Odds for and against him, the field against Woodbe.
6 October 1812
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Height: 317 millimetres
Width: 411 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The results were: Combe 5,125, Curtis 4,577, Shaw 4,082, Atkins 3,645, Waithman 2,622, Wood 2,373. Curtis and Shaw were prominent Tories, Combe a Foxite Whig and a brewer, see No. 7703, Waithman and Wood were the leading City radicals, Hunter (1775-1851), Lord Mayor 1811-12, and a barrister, was cr. baronet 11 Dec. 1812; he did not again stand for Parliament. Parliament was unexpectedly dissolved by proclamation on 29 Sept. Elections (in England) were from 5 to 20 Oct. They were remarkable for the small proportion of contests, the infrequency of riots, and for ministerial successes, especially in London, Bristol, and Liverpool. 'Ann. Reg.', 1812, p. 134 f. See Nos. 11909, 11915.
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