Politics in Print

Plate IV, Chairing The Members
 
Four Prints of an Election<BR
Title Four Prints of an Election
Plate IV, Chairing The Members
Artist William Hogarth and François Antoine Aviline
Date 1758
Medium Etching and Engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

The victorious Tory representatives are carried on chairs in a triumphant procession through the village, led by a mad fiddler. The path, however, is obstructed by a donkey and a dancing bear. Amid rushing pigs, a man fighting in the foreground strikes one of the chairmen with his club: political triumph, Hogarth suggests, is momentary.

 

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