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Manchester Massacre Handkerchief | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society

Historical Object

Manchester Massacre Handkerchief

Manchester Massacre Handkerchief | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society
A commemorative handkerchief created by a wood engraving on white cotton fabric. The scene is the Manchester Reform Meeting, in England. A crowd of demonstrators, men, women and children, are trying to escape mounted Yeomanry (composed mainly of middle class volunteers who opposed extending suffrage to industrial towns and cities) and the 15th Regiment of Hussars. Many demonstrators are shown being mown down. 18 people were killed and over 400 were injured. The event was organized by the Manchester Patriotic Union to demonstrate for parliamentary reform, universal suffrage and election by ballot. The well known radical orator Henry Hunt was to speak. Some of the surrounding buildings are identified by numbers in a key in the banner at the top. The Manchester Massacre is also known as the Peterloo Massacre. This text appears at the top, "A Representation of the Manchester Reform Meeting Dispersed by the Civil and Military Power. Aug. 16, 1819."
DESCRIPTION
A commemorative handkerchief created by a wood engraving on white cotton fabric. The scene is the Manchester Reform Meeting, in England. A crowd of demonstrators, men, women and children, are trying to escape mounted Yeomanry (composed mainly of middle class volunteers who opposed extending suffrage to industrial towns and cities) and the 15th Regiment of Hussars. Many demonstrators are shown being mown down. 18 people were killed and over 400 were injured. The event was organized by the Manchester Patriotic Union to demonstrate for parliamentary reform, universal suffrage and election by ballot. The well known radical orator Henry Hunt was to speak. Some of the surrounding buildings are identified by numbers in a key in the banner at the top. The Manchester Massacre is also known as the Peterloo Massacre. This text appears at the top, "A Representation of the Manchester Reform Meeting Dispersed by the Civil and Military Power. Aug. 16, 1819."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:85166
Creation Date:date unknown 1819
Creator Name:Slack, John
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Collection Name:History of socialism visual materials, circa 1819-circa 1930
Genre:Historical Object
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:5-1363
Original Dimensions:24 x 20.75 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The handkerchief may have been based on a print named "A view of St. Peter's Place, and Manner in which the Manchester Reform Meeting was dispersed by Civil and Military Power" which was based on a cabinet picture by John Slack. Hundreds would have been produced and carried by radical supporters to remember the event and spread the reform message.
SUBJECTS
Horses
Engraving
Prints
Clothing and dress
Hats
Suits (Clothing)
Dwellings
Cities and towns
Ephemera
Industrial buildings
Combat
Military uniforms
Soldiers
Weapons
Children and adults
Crowds
Men
Women
Demonstrations
Meetings
Banners
Riots
Weapons

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