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Election themed images: Satirical cartoons from the 1874 general election

Poster for the general election of 1874

Poster for the general election of 1874

With less than 3 weeks to go before the General Election, The University of Manchester Library’s John Rylands Library is highlighting a handful of 19th century satirical prints dating from the 1874 general election.

The collection of 132 cartoons, which includes a boat race, a chariot race, a horse race and a foot race, are political in nature, and many relate to general elections or to parliamentary by-elections held in Manchester or Salford in the 1870s.

The 1874 general election was the first to use a secret ballot. The Conservatives, under Benjamin Disraeli won the majority of seats, although the Liberals, under William Ewart Gladstone, actually won a majority of the votes cast.

View the cartoons and read the full story at The John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog.

Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

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