This earthenware beaker or cup is decorated with a portrait of the radical speaker Henry Hunt, and inscribed 'Hunt and Liberty'. It dates from 1819, the year of the Peterloo Massacre where Hunt led the rally speeches before thousands of peaceful protestors for parliamentary reform; Hunt was imprisoned for his involvement.
- Full title:
- Earthenware beaker depicting radical speaker Henry Orator Hunt
- estimated 1819, Staffordshire
- Ephemera / Illustration / Image
- Usage terms
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Ruth Mather
- Romanticism, Power and politics
In August 1819 dozens of peaceful protestors were killed and hundreds injured at what became known as the Peterloo Massacre. Ruth Mather examines the origins, response and aftermath of this key early 19th century political event.