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- Object: The Evil Genius In Sack-Cloth; or a Whiteman looking Black
Satirical print: under the heading, in large type, "Purity of Election and Independence!", Robert Waithman (1764-1833) in profile facing right, with cloven foot and forked tail, dressed in a sack labelled "An Orphan Coal Sack filled with Rubbish", holds a poor box and cries, "Pray remember the Poor Candidate"; in the background the Chamberlain's Office and to left a small crowned figure beneath a sign lettered "To the Exchequer by Smugglers Row", holding a bag with the number "100"; the title, in large type, at the foot of the sheet. 1831
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Height: 743 millimetres
Width: 438 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1993-4-4-5 for the 1831 election of the City Chamberlain and for the use of woodcut in political satire.
The "Orphan Coal Sack" refers to Waithman's reform of the Orphans' Fund; since the 17th century a duty on coals had been paid towards the relief of orphans in the City of London, but by the early 19th century funds were being diverted by senior Aldermen.
See also preliminary drawing, 1868-8-8-9335, one of a group of sketches made amateurs to be worked up into satirical prints.
See also 1993-4-4-5
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
2001 Apr-June, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
2001 June-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Great Reform Bill 1832
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- Prints and Drawings
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