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A satirical depiction of the electoral violence at the hustings in Brentford which disrupted polling for the Middlesex by-election of December 1768. Supporters of the ministerial candidate, Sir William Beauchamp Proctor, are shown wielding bludgeons against both voting and non-voting supporters of rival candidate John Glynn. One Proctor supporter shouts 'Bring down the Poll Book P[rocter] shall be the Man'. Glynn was backed by the sitting Middlesex MP John Wilkes, who is also satirically portrayed smiling at the right-hand side of the scene.

The British Museum; Museum Number: Y,4.574

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Candidate: William Beauchamp Proctor
Candidate: John Glynn
Constituency: Middlesex
date: 1768
Election: Dec-1768
keyword: Print
keyword: Satirical Print
maker: [Unknown]
materials: Ink
materials: Paper
place: Brentford
place: Middlesex