Elections

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Elections and electioneering in the past have frequently provided artists with lively colourful subjects. The Collection has a set of William Hogarth’s celebrated ‘Election Series’, lambasting the notorious Oxfordshire contest in the 1754 General Election. Robert Dighton captures the hustle and bustle of the hustings at the Westminster Election of 1796. The Westminster Election of 1808 is recorded in great detail by George Scharf; James Gillray’s savage caricature of the same subject provides a very different approach. In 2001 the Works of Art Committee commissioned Johnny Yeo as the election artist for the 2001 General Election. The tradition of recording each General Election in an artwork for the Collection has continued ever since.