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Recruits

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    J,6.47

  • Title (object)

    • Recruits
  • Description

    Satire: a group of new recruits being drilled by two soldiers outside an inn called 'The Old Fortune', the sign showing a one-legged old soldier, while a young woman sells vegetables from a basket; the head of a grinning man appears behind her below the inn sign. 1 January 1780
    Stipple

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1780
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 364 millimetres
    • Width: 312 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "W.H.Bunbury delint. / Watson & Dickinson excudt / London. Publish'd Jany 1st 1780. by Watson & Dickinson No.158. New Bond Street". Numbered 2 top left.
  • Curator's comments

    (Note from Tim Clayton) This is no.2 in Watson and Dickinson's series, and a companion print to A Visit to the Camp (BMSat.4765) and Nancy. The original drawing descended in the Bunbury family and was sold by Sir William Bunbury in 1975 (lot 104) to a private collector.
    The plate was sold Dickinson 1794, second day, lot 91, '2, recruits and the relief, Bunbury', with 48 impressions for 2 guineas to Robert Laurie. It appeared in Laurie & Whittle's 1795 catalogue (p. 37, no. 2) as `RECRUITS, drawn by Bunbury, engraved by Watson & Dickinson' at 2s. 6d. plain and 5s. coloured.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 4766 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    J,6.47

Satire: a group of new recruits being drilled by two soldiers outside an inn called 'The Old Fortune', while a woman sells flowers and an urchin grins.  1 January 1780  Stipple

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Satire: a group of new recruits being drilled by two soldiers outside an inn called 'The Old Fortune', while a woman sells flowers and an urchin grins. 1 January 1780 Stipple

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