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James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden
  • James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden
  • James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden
  • James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden
  • James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden
  • James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden

James Gillray Westminster 1806 View of Hustings in Covent Garden

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An original satirical print by James Gillray, entitled the ‘View of the Hustings in Covent Garden… published for the History of Westminster & Middlesex Elections Nov. 1806.

The print shows the hustings at Covent Garden, where the would-be members for Westminster, Paull, Hood and Sheridan host a raucous crowd. James Paull is addressing the mob and gesturing towards Richard Sheridan, labelling him “The sunk, the lost, the degraded treasurer.” Sheridan is red in the face; his own anxieties are shared by the prominent Whigs behind him. Sir Samuel Hood, in admiral’s uniform, tries to hide a wry smile to the side of the stage. He also conceals his right hand in his sleeve. Presumably to confuse the voters into thinking he is the younger and more renowned Admiral Nelson. A pleasingly mischievous touch by Gillray, as Nelson would on various occasions credit his mentor. In the crowd behind Paull, a man wears a ‘no coalition’ hat in reference to Sheridan and Hood’s infamous coalition to keep the popular Paull from Parliament.

Sheridan had anticipated an uneasy experience, but had hoped that his quick wit and charm would keep the mob in good humour. Such was the extent of the heckling at the Hustings, Sheridan would retire from the stage in illness, requiring his son Thomas Sheridan to speak in his place.

The print was published ‘December 13th 1806’ by ‘Hannah Humphrey of St James Street’, ‘J. Budd of Pall-Mall’ and ‘R Bagshaw, Brydges Street.’ The print has been glazed and mounted in a modern Hogarth style frame. It is in excellent condition.

Size of Frame: 48.5 x 39 x 1cm
Size of Print: 35 x 25cm
Weight: 1.7kg

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