Worcester 1868 election cartoons

Dignity & Imprudence web (c) Museums WorcestershireThe Worcester City Collection housed at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum holds a number of items relating to the election campaigns of the mid-1800s, ranging from text-based posters to detailed satirical artworks.

Political satire has a long history in the UK and in the 19th century the popularity of magazines such as Punch meant that cartoons lampooning public figures were increasingly common.

This satirical print from the collection references a portrait of two dogs by Edwin Henry Landseer called Dignity and Imprudence. Here Dignity on the left represents Thomas Rowley Hill and Imprudence on the right represents Sir Francis Lycett.

Both were candidates for Worcester in the 1868 general election and both failed to win a seat in this instance. Lycett later ran for government in St. Ives and Liskeard and was again unsuccessful, but Hill went onto become MP for Worcester from 1874 to 1885.

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