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The sailors poled.

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  • Title (object)

    • The sailors poled.
  • Description

    An election riot in Covent Garden. On the right is (?) a raised stand for spectators; behind and on the left are the Piazzas. A band of sailors has been routed by men with bludgeons wearing blue and buff. Three wounded sailors lie in the foreground (left). The bludgeon men are led by two fashionably dressed men; one, who holds his hat, resembles Hanger, the other Townshend. Behind them is a negro (cf. BMSat 7369) followed by a crowd with bludgeons. 4 August 1788 Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1788
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 316 millimetres
    • Width: 399 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The publication line is evidently pseudonymous.
        Lettered: [August 4th 1788. Published as the Act directs by Rd Ford. Price 2/6'] [Written in a contemporary hand. Richard Ford was one of the Westminster magistrates, cf. BMSat 7835.]
  • Curator's comments

    (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 election riots see BMSat 7353, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7367 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1788 Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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