“View of a row of tents and temporary shelters, one with the sign “Lloyds Coffee House”, a group of four ladies outside, in foreground to right four children play, trees in background on left, a building in distance on right.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Printmaker: Sandby, Paul, 1731-1809, printmaker.
Title: The fair stationer in Hyde Park 1780 [graphic] : A distant view of Coll. Sloans Mess House &c. / P. Sandby.
Publication: [London] : Publishd. as the act directs by P. Sandby, [ca. 1780]
“A Portuguese soldier and a British soldier, facing each other, co-operatively seize Ferdinand VII, who is putting his left foot across a line dividing Spain (right) from Portugal. Each holds a musket without bayonet. The Englishman’s right hand is on Ferdinand’s shoulder; the Portuguese clutches one of the King’s ass’s ears. Ferdinand wears a crown, a long cloak, and a spiky ruff. A French officer on the extreme right makes off to the right, shocked and alarmed; he looks over his shoulder, exclaiming, Sacré dieu! le pauvre bete est attrappée.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Title: Putting his foot in it [graphic].
Publication: London : Published by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket, 1826.
“Heading to etched verses. Mrs. Clarke, seated on a dais, receives applicants for commissions who advance through a doorway (left). She sits on a drum, wearing a cocked hat and military sash over a white dress, and holds up a sword. A short fat soldier holds over her head a Union flag with the white horse of Hanover. Two soldiers stand at attention with fixed bayonets behind her, and a fat trumpeter blows his trumpet. Another Union flag, without the white horse, flies from the corner of the large dais. On the wall hangs a notice: ‘Half-pay Commissions at Half Price for Ready Money’. The applicants press forward in a bunch, headed by a fat and gouty ‘cit’ hobbling on two sticks, behind whom is a chimneysweep. The first of three verses: ‘Come all you brave Fellows who wish for Promotion. Wether Captain or Colonel or a General’s your notion. A Warehouse I keep for the sale of Commissions, And our Prices you’ll find will suit all conditions, You’ll be treated with Honor if you secrecy mark Sir For my Master is Noble and I am his Clarke Sir, You’ll be treated &c.’ The last lines: ‘But forget not the ready (Gold or Notes) for pray mark! My Master wants Money, & so does his Clarke. But forget not &c.’ The verses are bordered by spears which serve as posts for plump purses, symmetrically attached to them.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
Title: The female agent [graphic].
Publication: [London] : Pubd. March 1809 by Walker, No. 7 Cornhill, [March 1809]
“British troops are about to march through a large fortified gate leading from open country (left) to the town of Buenos Ayres, where confused street-fighting is in progress. Can are fired from the battlements of the gate at the soldiers, some of whom lie dead or wounded. In the foreground an officer (mounted), in conversation with others, asks: “where is the General”; others say: “go look for the General”; “Find the General”; “why the General is lost”. A Highland officer, taking snuff (right), slyly; “I dare say he is varra safe.” From the country (left) three mounted men gallop, all saying, “I come for Orders”. In the background Whitelocke’s head and shoulders are seen peeping over a hillock on the extreme left. He says: “He that fights and runs away, May live to fight another day, But he thats in the Battle slain, Will never live to fight again”. In the distance, behind him, are tiny (British) soldiers in close formation. In the city men are firing and hurling stones from the roofs of flat-roofed houses on British soldiers in the plaza. On the wall (right) is a placard: ‘Lost, or Mis-led a General officer Who ever can [give] Information … ampl[y] rewarded.'”–British Museum online catalogue.
Political satire: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) leading his Tory government ministers in flight from its attack on the castle of ‘Reform’ (as inscribed to the Tricolore flag of liberty that flies from the tower).
Printmaker: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
Title: A general retreat [graphic] / CJG.
Published: [London : Pub. Nov. 18, 1830, by S. Gans, Southampton St., Strand, 18 November 1830]
A drawing of four scenes, with caricatured figures with large heads and very small bodies. Upper left: A man with a monocle (right) inquires of the butler on a threshold with pillar to his left, “Is your master within. No Mr. Smallfeast he’s gone out to dinner. Oh dear me, well your mistress will do just the same. & She’s out Sir. How provoking. Well, I’ll set down by the fire till they come home. I’m sorry to tell you that that’s gone out to.” Upper right: A soldier is shot by a man (Turk?) hiding in the tall grass and pointing a rifle. Lower half, left: In a pulpit a bald minister with spectacles rants and he holds up a Bible in his left hand ready to throw it at the sleeping congregation below, ” Ye sleepy crew if ye wont hear the word of God ye shall feel it.” Lower right: A simpleton in artist attire holds up a piece of paper with a stick figure drawing and says, “Don’t you think I improve.”
Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
A view of the interior of a busy English barracks shows a more domestic than military atmosphere although weapons and other gear adorn the walls and lay scattered on the floor. The scene includes a woman nursing a baby (left); beside her, one soldier brushes his britches while another adjusts his helmet.
Companion print: French barracks
Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827
Title: English barracks [graphic] / drawn & etch’d by T. Rowlandson ; aquatinta by T. Malton.
Published: [London] : Pub. Aug. 12, 1791, by S.W. Fores, N. 3 Piccadilly, [12 August 1791]