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EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF HOGARTH,
PLATE I.-AN ELECTION ENTERTAINMENT.
There is, perhaps, no series of com- || the barrister, flourishing a bumper of wine position by this inimitable artist, which over the fair one's head, emphatically roars excels in variety of humourous character, | out a silly toast. At table, an orthodox and justness of satire, than that which he divine sits stowing his remnant of the has devoted to express the humours of haunch; stripped of his canonical perielections.—This subject has at once a
wig, and wiping the perspiration from his British origin, and a British interest, | forehead ; a Scotch bag-piper behind him which, whilst the days of our popular free accompanies his harsh music with a hearty dom shall continue, will never be lost upon scratching; a female player on the violin, an English heart. Popular elections are and a pompous performer on the bass-viol, almost unknown to any country but our bears a part in the melodious concert. A own.
fourth musician, with his instrument under The comedy commences with a sumptu. || his arm, drinks with a gentleman, who ous entertainment, at an inn, in a country seems to be diverted with his own resemtown. The inscription on the banner, blance to the fiddler, in “ Gide us our eleven days," alludes to the length of chin. alteration of the style in 1752. All the Two country fellows" enjoy the fun of party except the mayor and the divine, seeing the representatation of a face in a have ended their repast. The accom- | napkin, &c. and hearing the song “ An plished gentleman, who aspires to the ho- ll old Woman clothed in grey." A fellow besour of a seat in the British Senate, is hind is emptying a vessel through the winpolitely lending an attentive ear to a dis- || dow upon a crowd of the opposite party, gusting old beldam, who, produces a let- | who return the compliment by a shower of ter to Sir Commodity Tarem. The highly stones.. We also behold the worshipful polished knight, stretches his long arm mayor, who has crammed himself with round her ample waist, shews her every oysters till he can no longer breathe; but polite attention.
true to his cause even in death, he grasps a This handsome candidate is pronounced fork, on which he has impaled an oyster. to be the late Thomas Potter, Esq.- A Behind him, an agent attempts to corrupt little girl, dazzled with the splendour of || a puritanical tailor with a bribe, who rehis brilliant ring, attempts to make it ajects the glittering bait, though threatenprize, while a fellow, standing upon a chaired with the displeasure of his terrific wife. behind him, strikes the baronet's head A man of the law in in the act of exagainst that of the old woman, with all that I amining the votes, baving received a blow, ease and freedom which election humour || falls prostrate on the floor: a bludgeonauthorizes.-Another stroke of election wit man has met a similar accident; and a is exhibited in the adjoining group, con patriotic butcher acts the part of a sure sisting of cobbler, barber, and a squeamish geon, by pouring gin into the wound. In gentleman. The cobbler grasps the hand | the front a boy is filling a mashing-tub of the gentleman with a zeal that almost with punch; Abel Squat, a dealer in ribcracks the bones; and the barber gives | bands, gloves, and stockings, has received him a friendly pinch, and merrily blows a promissory note of fifty pounds, payable the hot fumes from the short tobacco pipe in sir months, with which he seems much into his eyes.
dissatisfied. Entering at the door, we see The group behind consists of an officer, || a large band of assailants from the opposite a drunken counsellor, and a pretty woman; party armed with cudgels, &c. and one of
the heroes brandishing a sword–The horns, corruption. We also descry a lobster at the door may, perhaps, allude to the i creeping towards a mutton chop, which puritanic tailor.-A party, called Jaco lies un heeded in a corner. The effigy, bites, have mangled the portrait of King even through the window, with the words William.—The escutcheon, with the elec “ No Jews," about its neck, is said to be tor's arms, " A cherron sable, between three meant for the Duke of Newcastle, bis guineas or," with a crest of a gaping mouth, Grace having exerted all his influence in and the motto, “ Speak and have," is per
support of the naturalization bill. Kirtinent and appropriate. On a flag the ton's name is very significantly inserted on words“ Liberty and Loyalty,” are in the tobacco.paper; he was a to bacconist in scribed; in the tobacco tray, we perceive a Fleet-street, and ruined his health, conpaper of “ Kirton's best," and a slip of pa- stitution, and circumstances, by being per torn from an act against bribery and busy in the Oxford election, of 1754.
PLATE II.-CANVASSING FOR VOTES.
This is the second plate in the series luce, is an emblem of the animosity of the of the Election, and has an equal justness | two nations. The barberandcobbler disputand poignancy of satire, with the one pre ing upon politics are most inimitable chaceding.
racters: the earnest and vociferous coun. The principal group here represented tenance of the barber, while displaying is that of a sly country farmer, a freeholder, | the tobacco pipes, to din his account of a between two innkeepers, agents for their battle into the self-sufficient, half-intoxi. respective parties, and, as his countenance | cated pericranium of the cobbler, is truly expresses, he will no doubt be influenced comic. The sign of the Porte-bello over by him who pays the most. On the bal their beads has, from the great humour cony are seen two ladies occupied in their and satire of Hogarth, a double intentattentions to the candidate (who has but Firsi, it tells us instantly that the brave lately left them, by bis hat being observed | Admiral Verdon is the hero of the political near their elbow) while pucrbasing of a dispute ; and secondly, seeing only part of Jew—(This character is most admirably the sign to bello, we can affirm that the depicted; he is in the act of praising his barber is not relating the action in a goods) the glittering bauble, to win their | whisper. interest.
An excellent emblem is displayed by a A porter kneeling delivers a letter || fellow lying on the sign-post of the Crown, having this inscripsion, “To Timothy desperately engaged in cutting it down, not Party Tool, Esquire," which determines considering when the Crown falls, what at once the obvious character of the candi will be his situation. The lawless rabble date. A load of printed bills, billet-deux, | beneath, with bludgeons, &c. &c. shews &c. &c. intimate the future business of the probable consequence if he succeeds. the porter. Within the bar of the Royal The puppet-shew cloth is in irony of Oak are two voters gormandizing; mean
the Treasury and Horse-guards.-From time the fair hostess at the door is busily the Treasury is a stream of gold, flowing employed in counting over the gains into a bag, to answer ministerial purposes which a contested election pours into the in a general election. The squat solidity lap of a publican, whilst a leering amorous of the Horse-guards, with the arch so low grenadier in the entry, seems to say
as not to admit the state-coachman through “ When we're alone,
with his head on, is a severe satire on “Some part of that will be my own!" Ware, the architect, who felt much hurt
The stern of a ship, representing the from it. British Lion swallowing the Flower-de