The Higgins Bedford

Painting portraying a scene from the Bedford election of 1832, the first to be held after the 1832 Reform Act. The highly detailed scene includes banners, flags, and a band playing music in the streets, and depicts widespread political engagement across the social spectrum. In the election, Whitbread was returned with Samuel Crawley, who defeated the incumbent Polhill (Polhill petitioned against the result without success).

The Higgins Bedford; Accession number FP.114

Image copyright The Higgins Bedford

Candidate: Samuel Crawley
Candidate: William Henry Whitbread
Candidate: Frederick Polhill
Constituency: Bedford
date: 1832
date: c1832
Election: Dec-1832
keyword: Painting
maker: [Unknown]
materials: Oil on Canvas
place: Bedford