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Saint George for England. / Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints

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  • Title (object)

    • Saint George for England.

    Title (series)

    • Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
  • Description

    No. 1 of the series. A sailor riding (right to left) the British lion; in his right hand he holds out a foaming tankard, in his left is a sword resting on his shoulder and thrust through a huge sirloin of beef. His hat is decorated with a St. George's cross in a medallion, and with sprays of oak-leaves and acorns. On the lion's head is a spray of roses, his right fore-paw rests on a plum-pudding in a dish. His tail is raised almost vertically. Behind, seen through the lion's legs, are ships in full sail, clouds of smoke showing that a naval battle is in progress.
    This design is surrounded by a border: The two circles are of hops twining round a pole, with oak-leaves and ears of wheat at their summit. The upper edge is the title on a scroll, with oak-leaves. The lower is formed of oak-leaves, acorns, and roses centred by a punch-bowl. Below the border is engraved:

    "Behold your Saint with Glorious English Fare,
    Noble Sirloin, Rich Pudding and strong Beer.
    For you my Heart's of Oak, for your Regale,
    Here 's good old English Stingo Mild & Stale.

    This Porter is by Famous Calvert made,
    Justly Renowned of all the Brewing Trade.
    Such cheer as this will make you Bold & Strong,
    Who'd not on such a Noble Saint, Rely on." 2 January 1781 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1781
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 224 millimetres
    • Width: 237 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Published as the Act directs, 2 Jan. 1781", "Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints." and "Printed for Carington Bowles, N° 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    See also BMSat 5943-5.
    Reproduced, M. D. George, 'England in Transition', frontispiece.

    (Supplementary Information)
    The first plate of a series seven plates of tutelar saints. The next plates are of Sts David, Andrew and Patrick (BMSat 5942-4), and the other three (2014,7051.2 to 4; not in BMSat) are of Spain, Italy and France.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5942 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1781 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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