Representation of the Election of Members of Parliament for Westminster 1818.
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Election of members of Parliament for Westminster. Hand coloured etching with aquatint. An assembled crowd outside St Paul's Church, Covent Garden with a wine shop to the left. In front of the church's portico is a temporary raised wooden structure, under whose awning are the various members competiting for the seats huddle. The main attention is on the crowd where children, men women of many races wave banners, argue, cheer and generally purchase and sell foodstuffs. Street vendors include a pie man, milk man with a basket of undentified articles, a woman with a large basket containing small wicker containers of what might be shellfish. According to one banner the key issue under contest is 'Universal Suffrage'. A placard in the left foreground shows the current state of the poll. Hunt, trailing a poor fourth, was the radical Henry 'Orator' Hunt, who proposed annual parliaments, universal suffrage, a secret ballot and repeal of the Corn Laws.
1818 AD - 1818 AD