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Saint David for Wales / Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints

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  • Title (object)

    • Saint David for Wales

    Title (series)

    • Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
  • Description

    No. 2 of the series, see BMSat 5942. A man riding (left to right) a goat. In his right hand he holds out a large leek, in his left is a slice of cheese on a toasting-fork. At his back is slung a Welsh harp ornamented with the head and torso of a winged woman. His hat is decorated with a leek, he wears jack-boots with large spurs. Fish are thrust through his belt, and a holster containing a bottle is inscribed "Welch Ale".
    In the background are mountainous hills on which goats are prancing. The border at each side is formed of a leek garlanded with leaves and surmounted by a goat's head. At the top is the title on a scroll and some small leeks. The lower border is of foliage centred by a crown surmounted by the ostrich plume of the Prince of Wales. In the two lower corners are piles of cheeses at which rats are nibbling.
    Beneath the border is engraved:

    "The Glorious Ancient British Saint Behold,
    David the great in Fames Records Inroll'd,
    Loaded with Grand Repast his Sons to Treat
    And set's before them fine Welch Ale & Meat.

    Herrings, Leeks, Black Puddings mustard, toasted Cheese,
    With Goats Milk, Butter & such food as these.
    Then brings his Minstrells Harp of gracefull sound.
    Whose Musick cheers their Hearts & makes their Voice Rebound." 2 January 1781 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1781
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 226 millimetres
    • Width: 238 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: "Published as the Act directs, 2 Jan. 1781" and "Printed for Carington Bowles, N° 69 in St Pauls Ch. Yard, London."
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5943 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1781 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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