27TH MARCH 1817 WILLIAM COBBETT
A rare Chamberlain's Worcester mug, c.1817, printed in black with a named portrait after the engraving by Edward Smith, flanked by gilt foliate branches reserved on a pale orange ground, 8.5cm.
Born of farming stock in 1763, Cobbett was first a soldier and then, from 1802, as editor of the Political Register, a radical. Imprisoned for two years for treasonous libel in 1810 he was, on his release, accorded a dinner in London by Sir Francis Burdett at which there were 600 guests. By 1816 the Political Register was mainly read by the working classes and had a circulation of 40,000. On 27th March 1817, fearing arrest for sedition, Cobbett boarded the ship Importer, which was bound for the United States. An engraving published on 11th April 1817 by Edward Smith of Liverpool states that it was after a drawing taken on board the ship. He returned to Britain in 1819 and, after various election defeats, was eventually elected for Oldham in 1831, which he represented until his death in June 1835. The Political Register ceased publication in 1836.
Provenance: ex Shnayerson Collection, sold 12th September 1999, lot 525C.
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