An Election Entertainment; 1755
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An Election Entertainment; 1755

William Hogarth

© Museum of London

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An Election Entertainment' - the first of Hogarth's four Election prints. A banquet held in a private room at a tavern. Two candidates attempt to solicit votes by excessive hospitality. Thus the large party assembled are obviously drunk, they also gorge on scallops, swan, burgundy etc. A variety of embarrassments befall them as a consequence, one man has cut his head open, the younger candidate has to kiss old crones, and the other is sick on oysters. The major issues under discussion at this election was the Jews Naturalization Bill and the institution of a new calendar - a banner reads "Give us our eleven days".




1755 AD - 1755 AD

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