The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

6 portraits matching these criteria:

- subject matching 'Elections'

Not found what you are looking for? Try our Advanced search

The rivalry and corruption surrounding elections provides fertile ground for satirists. Gillray followed previous generations, including, famously, Hogarth, to explore the subject visually. His Election-candidates; - or - the Republican-goose at the top of the pole (D12891) shows election candidates scrambling up the pole (poll), for the seat of Westminster. This election was remarkable for the election of two radical candidates in place of the official candidates put forward by the Whigs and Tories. They are Sir Francis Burdett, represented as a goose and Thomas Cochrane, shown in sailor’s uniform.

List Thumbnail

'Election-troops, bring in their accounts, to the pay-table' (Edward Topham; William Pitt), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12390

'Election-troops, bring in their accounts, to the pay-table' (Edward Topham; William Pitt)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 August 1788
NPG D12390

Charles James Fox ('The hustings'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12574

Charles James Fox ('The hustings')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 May 1796
NPG D12574

'Middlesex-election. 1804', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13108

'Middlesex-election. 1804'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 7 August 1804
NPG D13108

'View of the hustings in Covent Garden', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, and published by  J. Budd, and published by  Richard Bagshaw - NPG D12883

'View of the hustings in Covent Garden'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, and published by J. Budd, and published by Richard Bagshaw
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 December 1806
NPG D12883

'Posting to the election, - a scene on the road to Brentford, Novr 1806', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13113

'Posting to the election, - a scene on the road to Brentford, Novr 1806'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1806
NPG D13113

'Election-candidates; - or - the Republican-goose at the top of the pole', probably by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12891

'Election-candidates; - or - the Republican-goose at the top of the pole'

probably by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1807
NPG D12891