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
Subjects (Library of Congress): First of June, Battle of the, 1794; Bars; Sailors-British; Victories; Sailing ships
Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: April, 2009