The Chartist Procession According to the Signatures of the Petition
It is a very remarkable fact connected with the late Chartist Petition, that the parties who appear to have contributed the largest amount of signatures were not forthcoming to back the document on the day of its presentation. Our artist, in his beautiful simplicity following the pictorial practice of the present day, has drawn from his own imagination the exact representation of the passing of the procession; and in order to place our periodical quite on a par with our illustrated contemporaries, he has introduced almost as many characters that never were engaged in the ceremony, as are usually to be found in the views of passing events that are drawn expressly by 'artists on the spot' - which spot, by the way, is always that convenient spot, their own lodgings - for the illuminated journals.
The Chartist Procession, with which we this day present our readers, is in accordance with the view we should be justified in taking of it, if the signatures to the Petition were bona fide, and comprised of the actual autographs of the illustrious personages whose names were found appended to the document in conjunction with those of the heroic pugnoses, flatnoses and other great nasal organs of Chartist opinion that seemed desirous of being heard in favour of the six pints, or three quarts, as our friend Cuffey has ingeniously designated his favourite measures. Had the petition been anything but a hoax, her Majesty would have been at an early hour wending her way towards Kennington Common with seventeen Dukes of Wellington at her side, and Sir R Peel would have been conspicuous in the van that was bearing the monster document.
The Chartist Procession According to the Signatures of the Petition, The Illustrated London News, (1848)
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