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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Poll. 12 Apr 1784

Hand-coloured etching | 25.8 x 36.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810064

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While Fox was supported by the Duchess of Devonshire, his main rival in the constituency of Westminster, Sir Cecil Wray, was helped by Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire. A prominent society figure, the Countess moved in the same circles as the Duchess, and encountered the same criticisms. Here the two women, in licentious dress, are shown on a see-saw, with their candidates egging them on. Probably acquired during the reign of Queen Victoria Cat. 10