Title from Paulson: The invasion, Pl. 2. England. Title etched above image "England. Plate 2d", with the two Ns in England etched backwards. State and publisher from Paulson. Companion print: France. Pl. I. 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.
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.
Eating & drinking. Musicians. Seven Years' War, 1756-1763. Signs (Notices) Soldiers. Taverns (Inns) War. Women.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist. Louis--XV,--King of France,--1710-1774--Caricatures and cartoons. Sotheby, Frederick Edward,--1837-1909--Ownership.
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