The Westbourne Procession

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The Westbourne Procession
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Samuel De Wilde

The Westbourne Procession

London, S Tipper, 1st. April 1809

Etching with aquatint

200 x 350 mm

Repairs to old folds


Mrs. Clarke, lightly clad, sits astride a black goat facing the tail which she holds, wrapped in a Letter, in her right hand; the (Welsh) animal has the face of Wardle. Lord Folkestone (see No. 11300) drags it forwards, holding one of its long horns, and Burdett pulls at the rope which is round its neck. Cobbett pushes it behind and Whitbread holds Mrs. Clarke steady. There are spectators, and a ruffianly crowd, cheering with hats and bludgeons. Mrs. Clarke says, smiling, Here I am / Upon a black ram / Like a Wh—e as I am. She holds a paper headed Lines to be Repeated at the House. To her slipper is attached a large six-pointed spur inscribed: Malice, Arrogance, Interest, Disappointment, Revenge, Ingratitude. From Cobbett's pockets project papers: Subscription for Miss Taylor [see No. 11229] and Cobbetts Political [Reg]ister. He holds a piece of Democratic Ginger with which he is about to ginger the goat. He says: A Fig for such a Ram. (To fig (from feague) is to ginger a horse.) Behind him walks a fashionably dressed man with a pamphlet in his pocket: Hague's Letter to the Duke of York [see No. 11211]. One of the debased-looking rabble asks him: I say Tom—How goes Trade in the Informing line. Burdett slips a coin into the hand of a ragged ruffian (left), saying, No Bribery No Corruption —come give us a cheer my lad & here's a Guinea for you. The man shouts delightedly: No Bribery—No Corruption—Burdett for ever Wardle for ever No Duke. Others shout Burdett for ever and Wardle for ever. Sir Watkin Williams Wynn and his brother, Charles, both with leeks in their hats, say to each other: This will keep us awake Watky and Aye I think we shall Wynne the day now. In the background is a wall inscribed Westbourne Place. BM 11297