Chartist Procession


The Chartists were often a source of fun for the media, as demonstrated by this article that was published in the Illustrated London News in 1848.

On 10th April 1848 the Chartists presented their largest and final petition to Parliament after a mass meeting on London's Kennington Common. Feargus O’Connor claimed that the Charter had over five million signatures, but when this was examined by Parliament, it was found to have less than two million. Many of these signatures were clearly false, as names such as Queen Victoria, the Duke of Wellington and Mr Punch were on the document. This fact damaged the Chartists’ credibility and was fully exploited by the media, who created humorous cartoons such as this one.

Taken from: The Illustrated London News
Date: 1848
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: Newspaper Library