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Chairing the Members: Four Prints of an Election, Plate 4

William Hogarth, Artist and Engraver (English, 1697-1764) Fran ç. Aveline, Engraver (French, 1727-1780)


The winning candidate is paraded through the town in a rowdy procession led by a blind fiddler. Above, a flying goose bears a close resemblance to the bewigged victor. His supporters are paid off with kegs of free beer. The losing candidate is being consoled in the second-story window on the right. A feast of covered dishes is being brought into the house, suggesting that even losing politicians are always better off than the voters.

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)
engraver
Fran ç. Aveline (French, 1727-1780)
creation date
1758
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
15-3/4 x 21-1/4 in. (image)
17-1/4 x 23 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
"Engraved by W. Hogarth & F. Aveline"
accession number
30.1005
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors