Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Wednesday wallpaper: William Hogarth - Chairing the Member

This week's selection of wallpaper images are taken from the final painting in the Humours of an Election series by the satirical painter and engraver William Hogarth. The four paintings depict the election of a Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire in 1754. In the first three pictures Hogarth illustrates the endemic corruption associated with politics at this time as well as some of the issues of the day. This image, called Chairing a Member shows the successful candidate being carried through town by his supporters.

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