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The Manchester heroes.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1862,1217.556

  • Title (object)

    • The Manchester heroes.
  • Description

    The Manchester Yeomanry ride down women, children, and men, making for a platform (right) in the background, where Hunt stands with three supporters. The foremost points his sabre at a fainting woman with children round her, who is supported by a man; he says "None but the brave deserve the Fair." A little boy, holding his mother's kerchief, exclaims: "Oh pray Sir, doan't Kill Mammy, she only came to see Mr Hunt." Another man rides up furiously, saying, "Cut him [the boy] down, Cut him down." On the left the yeomanry ride forward in close formation. Above them the head of the Regent (poorly characterized) emerges from clouds, supporting the beam of a pair of scales. The heavier scale is inscribed 'Peculators' [Ministers and placemen], the other 'Reformers'. He says: "Cut them down, doan't be afraid, they are not Armed, courage my boys, and you shall have a vote of thanks, & he that Kills most shall be made a Knight errant [cf. No. 12811, &c.] and your exploits shall live for ever, in a Song, or second Chivey Chace." Hunt, hat in hand, exclaims: "Shame, Shame, Murder, Murder, Massacree [sic]." Two others echo "Shame." They have banners, one surmounted by a cap of Liberty.
    September 1819.
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1819
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 350 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line 'Pubd Septr 1819 by S W Fores 50 Piccadilly.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    See No. 13258, &c. The thanks of the Regent to the Manchester and Cheshire Magistrates and Yeomanry were expressed in a letter from Sidmouth to the Lord-Lieutenants of the two counties. Text, 'Ann. Reg.' (Chron.), p. 125. Cf. No. 13280.
    Reid, No. 915.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13266 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 915 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1862

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1862,1217.556

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). Septemeber 1819.  Hand-coloured etching

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). Septemeber 1819. Hand-coloured etching

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