1832 The Great Reform Act
I looked for images of people who were key to the Act and was delighted to learn that Earl Grey was Prime Minister of the Whig Government that passed it. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he has a well-known blend of tea named after him. That fact sparked an idea for creating the image for the banner.
First, I sprinkled tea leaves on to paper to make a simple image based on the painting of Earl Grey by Thomas Lawrence, but I knew it would disappear if the paper was moved. Next, I experimented with brewing some strong tea to paint with. I was pleased with the effects and decided that this would add an extra narrative layer to the banner.
At the British Library, I tracked down a map from the mid-19th century of the British Isles showing the newly formed constituencies.