A Tory Victory

by Antoine Drury

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)18.5 x 32.75 in./46.99 x 83.19 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated 1874
MEDIUM: Oil on board

Catalogue No: 2860 Categories: , ,

Here Antoine Dury has depicted two opposing sides after a Tory victory. A rough-looking whig is seen shaking his fist at a fat, self-satisfied Tory reclining near his bag of money. Though they have both read the same newspaper, the contrast between the two characters and their surroundings is marked. The Whig supporter is, from the marking on the door, a shoe maker, the tools of his trade in the background, and looks the worse for wear. In contrast, the Tory supporter is clearly a gentleman, richly attired in his suit and shows signs of good living.

The 1874 general election saw a decisive victory for the tories, the first Conservative victory in a general election since 1841.


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Dury was born in Lyon in March 1819. He was a pupil of Bonnefond and of Picot at the Lyon School of Fine Art between 1831 – 1934 and then again in 1838, after which he moved to Paris.

He moved to England sometime after 1850 and is recorded as living in Warwick in 1878.


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