Sailors conversing on horseback

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“Social satire; two sailors on horseback, one with a pipe in his hatband on a small white horse with a spotted handkerchief on a stick attached to its bridle, the other smoking a pipe on a large brown horse; they ask each other how their journeys on their horses have been, using language associated with ships, for example: “endeavouring to double the point at Mile-end she fell foul of a dray, and smack she lay me keel upermost in a stinking ditch … I hoisted my pocket handkerchief on her topmast as a sign of distress, which was seen by some comrades at anchor in the moorings. …”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Roberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: Sailors conversing on horseback [graphic] / Woodward del. ; etch’d by Roberts.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by P. Roberts, 28 Middle-row, Holborn, [ca. 1803]

Catalog Record

803.00.00.52+

Acquired September 2020

Jack’s return after Lord Howe’s glorious victory to the tune of Oh! dear what can the matter be

Jack’s return after Lord Howe’s glorious victory [graphic] to the tune of Oh! dear what can the matter be.

Published: London : Publish’d 1st Augt. 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, No. 53 Fleet Street, London, 1794.

794.08.01.03 Impression 2

The print celebrates the British defeat of the French and Spanish in the Battle of the First of June 1794 under the command of Admiral Richard Howe. A British sailor stands on a wharf in front a pub, silhouetted by two British flags; he is grinning at the viewer as he holds his prize money in one hand and bludgeon and a roll of paper in the other. Beside him a woman leans in at the window of the pub as a man with a clay pipe in his mouth hands her a bowl of punch; a large dog rests beneath the window at her feet. Several patriotic signs are posted over the pub walls. In the background a man-of-war lies at anchor, and a row boat with several sailors heads towards shore.

Jack's return: 1 print on wove paper, mezzotint

Jack's return: 1 print on wove paper, mezzotint

Subjects (Library of Congress): First of June, Battle of the, 1794; Bars; Sailors-British; Victories; Sailing ships

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: April, 2009