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The Polling: Four Prints of an Election, Plate 3

William Hogarth, Artist and Engraver (English, 1697-1764) Francois M. Cave, Engraver (French, 1691-1791)

The opposing candidates dispute with each other in the polling booth, while clerks administer the oath to a variety of voters who have been brought by the parties from hospitals and jails: a maimed former soldier, an imbecile, and a dying man. To the right, Britannia’s coach is out of control because the coachman and the footman are preoccupied with the game of cards.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist and engraver
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
Francois M. Cave (French, 1691-1791)
creation date
etching and engraving
15-1/4 x 21-3/4 in. (image)
17-1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Engraved by W. Hogarth & Le Cave"
accession number
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
Public Domain
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