Ιστορία Λέξεων – ψήφος

William Hogarth. Canvassing for Votes.

William Hogarth. Canvassing for Votes. 1755.

William Hogarth & Charles Grignion – Canvassing for Votes: Hogarth’s second scene takes political corruption out of doors. The inn to the right is The Royal Oak, which was the headquarters of the Tory party. The inn has been embellished with signs satirizing their opponents, the most notable bearing the title of, «Punch Candidate for Guzzeldown», which shows a Whig candidate as Punch buying votes from his wheelbarrow of coins. Below the sign stands the local Tory candidate. Much like ‘Punch’, he is buying trinkets from the peddlers to further his amorous adventures with the admiring pair of girls on the balcony. At the Inn door a soldier spies on another attractive girl who is busy counting her ‘take’. At the bay window two men stuff themselves on ridiculously large portions of food. The centre foreground is dominated by a closely knit trio of men. The man in the middle is covertly accepting bribes from both men at the same time. At the table to the left two elderly men debate the Battle of Portobello. The pensive, pipe-smoking man appears to have won his wager and takes in his money. In the background a Tory mob is attacking the Whig headquarters. Extreme violence has already commenced.

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