Invasion. Pl. 2. England. [graphic] / design'd & etch'd by Wm. Hogarth.

[State 3].
[Wm. Hogarth]
publish'd according to act of Parliament, March 8th 1756
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on laid paper ; plate mark 31.7 x 38.6 cm, on sheet 47.1 x 61.2 cm
Title from Paulson: The invasion, Pl. 2. England.
Title etched above image "England Plate 2d" The two Ns in England etched backwards.
State and publisher from Paulson.
Companion print: France. Plate 1st.
Four columns of verse below image: See John the soldier, Jack the tar with sword & pistol arm'd for war. Should mounsir dare come here?! The hungry slaves have smelt our food, they long to taste our flesh and blood, Old England's beef and beer! Britons to arms! and let 'em come! Be you but Britons still. Strike home, and lion-like attack 'em; no power can stand the deadly stroke that's given from hands & hearts of oak with liberty to back em.
Sotheby's, F.E. Sotheby Sale, lot 215 (Hogarth 's works) to Maggs for W.S. Lewis; 21 Nov. 1955; Acquisition no.: 955-11-21-74. Purchased as a bound collection of 97 prints with Sotheby bookplate; disbound January 1984.
Formerly owned by Frederick Edward Sotheby of Ecton, Northants, 1837-1909.
Outside an English country inn, over whose door a sign reads "Duke of Cumberland Roast and boil'd every day", a group of soldiers and sailors laugh at a large caricature of Louis XV on the tavern wall. They sit with two attractive young women around a table on which sits a large pie, a tankard, and a broadsheet with the verses of "Rule Britannia." In the lower left a soldier leans against a drum as he plays his flute; the music sheet in front of him is "God save Great George our King". To the right, a short well-fed man smiles as he stands on tip-toe to reach the height required by the recruiting sergeant. In the distance, soldiers are drilling in an orderly fashion; beyond them, on a hill is a large country house.
Variant Titles:
England, Plate 2d
England. Plate 2d.
Invasion. Plate 2d.
Associated Names:
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Printmaker]
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 [Artist]
Eating & drinking
Louis XV, King of France, 1710-1774
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958
Seven Years' War, 1756-1763
Signs (Notices)
Sotheby, Frederick Edward, 1837-1909
Steevens, George, 1736-1800
Taverns (Inns)
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1756
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1756
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Call Number:
Sotheby 74++ Box 315
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Digital version