BRISTOL ELECTION OF THOMAS COSTER
A Bristol delftware plate, c.1734, painted in blue with a figure of Justice overcoming Envy, depicted as a tortured figure holding a paper entitled 'The Petition', beneath an arch inscribed 'Libertas Populi' and the initials 'TC', within a border of barbed floral panels and scrolls, repaired rim sections, 22.1cm.
In the 1734 general election Thomas Coster, a vigorous opponent of Walpole's Excise schemes, was returned for the Tories against the Whigs, Sir Abraham Elton and Mr Scrope, for Bristol. Coster's election was, however, contested and a petition was presented to the House of Commons by the Mayor of the Corporation, alleging invalid votes. Much of one sitting of the House was taken up hearing the matter, notwithstanding which the petition was subsequently withdrawn. Coster died in 1739.
Provenance: sold Sotheby's 21st July 1981, lot 40; subsequently with Jonathan Horne and ex Longridge Collection, sold Christie's, South Kensington, 3 November 2011, lot 336.
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