Massacre at St. Peter's or "Britons strike home"!!!

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Description

English

On 16 August 1819, the day now known as the Peterloo Massacre, thousands of peaceful protestors for parliamentary reform gathered at St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Ten to twenty were killed and hundreds injured as the meeting was violently broken up by the Manchester Yeomanry, a force of volunteer soldiers. This coloured print by George Cruikshank is one of many produced in the aftermath of the event, and depicts the Yeomanry as brutally violent.

Full title
Massacre at St. Peter's or "Britons strike home"!!!
Published
1819 , London
Format
Print / Image
Creator
George Cruikshank
Held by
The British Museum
Copyright: © 
British Museum Standard Terms of Use, Trustees of the British Museum
Shelfmark
1876,0510.980

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