The drum major of sedition

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Thomas Rowlandson
1756-1827
The drum major of sedition
etching
image: 236 x 224 mm; plate mark: 350 x 251 mm; sheet: 326 x 227 mm
Peel 2500
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Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.
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Title etched below image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Ten lines of text below title: All gentlemen and others electors for Westminster who are ready and willing to surrender their rights and those of their fellow citizens to secret influence ...
Library's copy trimmed within plate mark.

Summary: 

In the center of the image, Major Cartwright holds a long staff in his right hand, as he delivers a pro-Pitt speech in Covent Garden. To his right, in a pleading attitude, stands Lord Hood, the ministerial candidate opposing Charles Fox in the upcoming Westminster election. Neither attracts any attention from the crowd of Fox's supporters listening to a man speaking from the portico of St. Paul's.

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