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Background imageBribing Collection: Man Chooses a Young Woman, 1600. Creator: Jacob Matham

Man Chooses a Young Woman, 1600. Creator: Jacob Matham
Man Chooses a Young Woman, 1600

Background imageBribing Collection: Seule manière de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. Creator: Honore Daumier

Seule manière de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. Creator: Honore Daumier
Seule maniere de faire poser un enfant avec fruit.. 1847. The only way to make a child pose with fruit. Series: Les Papas, no. 15; Periodical: Le Charivari, 24 August 1847

Background imageBribing Collection: William Hogarth Four Humours of an Election Canvassing for Votes

William Hogarth Four Humours of an Election Canvassing for Votes
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Humours of an Election. They illustrate the election of a member of parliament in Oxfordshire in 1754

Background imageBribing Collection: Billfold with Money

Billfold with Money
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Background imageBribing Collection: Trygaeus bribing Hermes with a Gold Cup (colour litho)

Trygaeus bribing Hermes with a Gold Cup (colour litho)
5201939 Trygaeus bribing Hermes with a Gold Cup (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Trygaeus bribing Hermes with a Gold Cup)

Background imageBribing Collection: Administration of mineral waters of Mont Pilat, Pelussin, Loire (colour litho)

Administration of mineral waters of Mont Pilat, Pelussin, Loire (colour litho)
3104188 Administration of mineral waters of Mont Pilat, Pelussin, Loire (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBribing Collection: The Ill-matched Lovers (oil on panel)

The Ill-matched Lovers (oil on panel)
697865 The Ill-matched Lovers (oil on panel) by Oostsanen, Jacob Cornelisz van (1470-1533) (studio of); 49.5x35.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBribing Collection: The Peace Offering

The Peace Offering
BUR17341 The Peace Offering by Wood, Charles Haigh (1856-1927); Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK; eBury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre; English, out of copyright

Background imageBribing Collection: Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas)

Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas)
3433209 Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon (oil on canvas) by Testa, Pietro (Il Lucchesino) (1611-50)

Background imageBribing Collection: The New Opera, 'Manon, 'at Drury-Lane Theatre (engraving)

The New Opera, "Manon, "at Drury-Lane Theatre (engraving)
1591111 The New Opera, " Manon, " at Drury-Lane Theatre (engraving) by Forestier, Amedee (1854-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The New Opera, " Manon)

Background imageBribing Collection: Suitor bribing a child to help him (colour litho)

Suitor bribing a child to help him (colour litho)
3096445 Suitor bribing a child to help him (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Suitor bribing a child to help him)

Background imageBribing Collection: The Judge. Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger

The Judge. Creator: Hans Holbein the Younger
The Judge

Background imageBribing Collection: A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
A Brace of Public Guardians, July 10, 1800

Background imageBribing Collection: Killing with Kindness, October 1, 1799. October 1, 1799. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Killing with Kindness, October 1, 1799. October 1, 1799. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Killing with Kindness, October 1, 1799

Background imageBribing Collection: Hand Full of Cash

Hand Full of Cash
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Background imageBribing Collection: Hand Holding Cash

Hand Holding Cash
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Background imageBribing Collection: The Two Patriotic Duchesss on their Canvass, 1784 (engraving)

The Two Patriotic Duchesss on their Canvass, 1784 (engraving)
XJF473767 The Two Patriotic Duchesss on their Canvass, 1784 (engraving) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBribing Collection: The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving)

The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving)
XJF448285 The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving) by Collet, John (c.1725-80) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBribing Collection: 2619209; out of copyright

2619209; out of copyright

Background imageBribing Collection: Light Unshaded! Blackout rebels bribe official

Light Unshaded! Blackout rebels bribe official
An Upper Class Party is disturbed by an official complaining about the non-blackout of this London address during WWI. The host is furiously apologising

Background imageBribing Collection: Bribing Caroline

Bribing Caroline
Queen Caroline is offered an annuity of fifty thousand pounds to stay out of England and leave her husband (George IV) free to marry again. Date: 1820

Background imageBribing Collection: Electoral Bribery

Electoral Bribery
ELECTORAL PURITY the British voter refuses to accept 5 pounds for his vote - his starting price is 15 pounds

Background imageBribing Collection: Legal expenses of an election

Legal expenses of an election
A cartoon satirising The Ordinary Legal Expenses of an Election


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"Bribing: The Age-Old Temptation That Transcends Time and Art" From the political satire of William Hogarth's "Four Humours of an Election Canvassing for Votes" to the intricate scenes depicted in Agostino Carracci's "Ogni cosa vince l'oro, " the concept has long fascinated artists throughout history. In these captivating works, we witness a diverse range of situations where bribery takes center stage. A billfold overflowing with money serves as a symbol of corruption, enticing individuals to compromise their integrity for personal gain. Meanwhile, Trygaeus resorts to bribing Hermes with a golden cup in an attempt to secure his desires. Even beyond politics and mythology, bribery finds its way into everyday life. In Hans Holbein the Younger's masterpiece "The Judge, " we observe how this unethical practice infiltrates even the halls of justice. Similarly, Thomas Rowlandson's satirical portrayal in "A Brace of Public Guardians" exposes the vulnerability of those entrusted with public welfare. Love too becomes entangled with bribery as seen in "The Ill-matched Lovers. " Here, one suitor attempts to win favor by offering gifts and incentives—a desperate act driven by desire rather than genuine affection. Yet not all instances are tainted by ill intentions; sometimes bribery can be employed as a peace offering or means to navigate challenging circumstances. In "Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl presenting the Golden Bough to Charon, " it is through this exchange that passage across realms is granted—an example where bribery bridges worlds. Artistic depictions also capture moments from daily life where children are unwittingly drawn into acts of corruption. As shown in the lithograph titled "Suitor bribing a child to help him, " innocence becomes collateral damage when tempted by material rewards.