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The Shaftsbury Election or the Humours of Punch

The Shaftsbury Election or the Humours of Punch

Medium: Mezzotint

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: KTOP XII

Item number: 10a

Length: 47

Width: 30

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

A satirical comment on the corruption of the Shaftesbury Election of 1774. During this election, Sir Francis Sykes and Sir Thomas Rumbold, conspired against Hans Mortimer by buying votes. Afterward Mortimer petitioned Parliament complaining of an undue election and return for the Borough of Shaftesbury. Sykes temporarily lost his seat and was sued for £11,000 by his opponent. Sykes had made his fortune and cut his political teeth working for the East India Company, hence the Indian references in the picture.

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