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The Electoral Reform Riots in Brussels: Gendarmes charging the Mob in the Place de Louvain.

NASH, Joseph Jnr. (1899)

£175.00 

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Water-colour en grisaille on heavy card, picture caption tipped onto the lower edge, 7" x 11". Very good. Date stamp of "8 Jul. 99" verso. [Produced for the Graphic,]

Caption continues, "The dissatisfaction felt by the Socialists and anti-Clericalists at the progress made by the Belgian Government in passing a Bill through the House which, in their opinion, would alter the distribution of votes in favour of the Clerical Party, found vent on several evenings last week in very stormy proceedings in the streets of the capital. To assist the gendarmes in coping with the riots, the Government called out the Garde Civique each evening, and between eight and nine the boulevards were alive with artillerymen, chasseurs, and cavalry. On Thursday there were continual collisions between the Garde Civique and the mob, resulting in a considerable number of wounded. The city now wears its usual aspect, but for the numerous broken shop windows and the assembly of curious crowds at the scenes of past conflicts."

Highly effective drawing, the crowd pouring out towards the viewer while the cavalry cut a swathe in the background.

Stock Code: 85651