Burning the Rumps at Temple Bar

 
Series
Hudibras
Artist
Creation date
Materials
etching and engraving
Dimensions
9 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (image) 10 3/4 x 20 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Purchased from the John Herron Fund
Accession number
11.12
Collection
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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