Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar

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etching and engraving
9 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (image) 10 3/4 x 20 in. (sheet)
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John Herron Fund
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Not Currently On View

Cromwell died in 1658, and the Rump Parliament, which had been purged of all members who would have voted to spare Charles I, was recalled to govern. However, it was immediately unpopular. Amid calls for a “free parliament” and “no more rumps,” the London mob burned rumps of beef in the streets. In 1660 a freely elected parliament restored the monarchy.

Purchased with money from the John Herron Fund for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1911.
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