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Election Candidates

A work made of hand-colored etching on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of hand-colored etching on ivory wove paper.


published May 20, 1807


James Gillray (English, 1756-1815)
published by Hannah Humphrey (English, c. 1745-1818)

About this artwork

Despite its jovial hand coloring, James Gillray’s response to the 1807 parliamentary election in the district of Westminster caricatures real candidates with ruthlessness. Here Gillray implied that the winner, the radical Sir Francis Burdett, had extra help. Burdett becomes the goose atop the pole, supported by a demonic figure with a pitchfork, while the agitated constituency below degenerates into a mob.


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James Gillray


Election Candidates


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Published 1807


Hand-colored etching on ivory wove paper


Image: 31.5 × 25 cm (12 7/16 × 9 7/8 in.); Plate: 36 × 25.8 cm (14 3/16 × 10 3/16 in.); Sheet: 36.8 × 28.7 cm (14 1/2 × 11 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Thomas F. Furness in memory of William McCallin McKee

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