For my British readers, light relief from the current election. For everybody else, well, light relief.
(A good set of the prints can be found here.)
Four prints of an election gives a detailed analysis of the prints.
I should perhaps correct a misconception that might attach to these paintings: they’re particularly linked to the general election of 1754 and the contest for the Oxfordshire county seats, and although it’s a superb satire of some of the worst excesses and corruption of pre-1832 parliamentary politics, this is not a ‘Rotten Borough‘.
Elections and the electorate in the eighteenth century
Parties and parliament in early eighteenth-century Britain
The sense of the people (book review)
The structure of politics at the accession of George III (book review)
Maybe more to come…