A procession of officials of the city of London approach the entrance to St James's Palace to present to King George III the petition of the Livery of London. Engraving, 1769.

[July 5 1769]
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Samuel Turner, then Lord Mayor of London stands at the head of the procession addressing Liberty 'I don't think myself answerable for the contents' (i.e of the petition). Behind follows a mule carrying the naked figure of Truth with a radiant sun on her head and carrying a palm branch. The panniers on the sides of the mule are labelled 'grievonces & apprehensions'. William Beckford, ex-Lord Mayor of London (1763 and 1770) follows behind as he addresses Alderman Barlow Trecothick who was appointed Mayor in 1770, 'I know ye allegations to be true' to which Trecothick responds 'I think it my duty to obey my constituents'. Sir R. Ladbroke, Mayor in 1748, stands beside them with the declaration 'I feel for the wrongs of America'. An effigy of the fourth member of the representatives in Parliament of the City of London appears on crossed poles behind the procession. Lord Holland (with the face of a fox) lurks within one of the sentry boxes at the entrance (labelled 'the gates of re-dress') as he points to a fool's cap on the ground with the words 'it fits exactly'. On the city's continuing and jealously guarded freedom from royal and parliamentary interference. Turner was criticised for joining this procession to petition the King which attacked Lord Holland's misuse of public funds


[Place of publication not identified] :b[s.n], [July 5 1769]

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1 print : engraving ; image 10.3 x 18.1 cm


The city carriers.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, Vol IV., London 1978, no. 4296


Wellcome Collection 584090i



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