France. Plate 1st [graphic] / design'd & etch'd by Wm. Hogarth.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker.
[London] : [Wm. Hogarth], publish'd according to act of Parliament, March 8th, 1756.
1 print : etching on laid paper ; sheet 31.5 x 38.5 cm
Title engraved above image. The 'N' in France has been engraved backwards. Four columns of verse below image: With lanthern jaws, and croaking gut, See how the half-starv'd Frenchmen strut, and call us English dogs! ... But should they sink in coming over Old Nick may fish 'twixt France & Dover And catch a glorious dinner. Title from Paulson: The invasion. Pl. I. France. Companion print: England. Plate 2d. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW
On the coast of France outside a tavern on the coast of France a group of emaciated soldiers are preparing to sail for England. On the right a soldier roasts frogs over a fire on the blade of his sword; above a flag with the words "Vengence et le Bon Bier et Bon Beuf de Angletére." In the center of the design, a monk tests the edge of an axe as he bends to over a horse-drawn sledge laden with instruments of torture, a statue of St. Antony, and a plan for a monastery at Blackfriars. In the distance on the left a line of soldiers are being forced on board a ship. Above them on the cliffs, women are seen ploughing a field. The sign above the tavern advertises Soup meagre and identifies itself as "La Sabot Royal."
Invasion. Pl. I. France
Clergy. Eating & drinking. Seven Years' War, 1756-1763--Public opinion--Great Britain. Soldiers. Taverns (Inns) War.
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, artist. Kinnaird, Charles Kinnaird,--Baron,--1780-1826--Ownership.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 3, no. 3446 Paulson, R. Hogarth's graphic works (3rd ed.), no. 202
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