Patriots deciding a Point of Honour ! – or – an exact Representation of the celebrated Rencontre.

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Patriots deciding a Point of Honour ! – or – an exact Representation of the celebrated Rencontre.
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James Gillray

Patriots deciding a Point of Honour ! – or – an exact Representation of the celebrated Rencontre which took place at Combe Wood on May 2nd 1807 – between Little-Paul the Taylor, & Sir Francis Goose.

London, H. Humphrey May 4th 1807

Etching

Original hand-colouring

260x360mm

Trimmed within platemark

£850

Another caricature on the consequences of the Westminster election of 1806. A farcical duel between a large green and yellow goose with the head of Burdett and small capering figure of James Paull, his characteristic tailor’s shears and tape measure falling from his pockets and his Bonnet Rouge flying off. Each fire, hitting each other in the legs and their aghast seconds watch from the background, Burdett’s clutching spare pistols stands against a signpost To Wimbledon, while Paull’s crouches timidly beneath a tree. Election speeches tumble out of a green bag on the ground and a carriage drawn by miserable horses is drawn up under the trees. The Radicals had determined to run both Burdett and Paull as joint candidates, but at the proposal dinner at the Crown and Anchor Burdett’s brother had read out a letter denying that his brother wished to stand. Paull immediately published a rebuttal giving Burdett the lie, and they met the following morning near Wimbledon Common, missing with their first shots and wounding each other with the second. BM 10725.