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Saint Patrick for Ireland / Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints

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  • Title (object)

    • Saint Patrick for Ireland

    Title (series)

    • Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
  • Description

    No. 4 of the series, see BMSat 5942. An Irishman riding (left to right) on a horse. He is dressed as a military officer, with epaulettes. In his hat is a cross in a medallion. In his right hand, and resting on his shoulder, is a sword on which potatoes are spitted. In his left hand he holds out a wineglass. Two fish are slung on his right arm, under it is a sickle. Various objects are attached to his saddle or his person including a tankard, a small set of bagpipes, a candle-stick, a large fish; a small Irish harp decorates the hindquarters of his horse. The background, seen between the horse's feet, is the sea-shore with ships.
    A border decorates the two sides of the print, surmounted (left) by a frowning mask, with a dagger through one eye, and (right) by a smiling mask. To a vertical line of conventional fruit and foliage are attached a number of objects, including a horn and goblet, a flute, a flail and rake, a wine-bottle and glass, a sheaf of corn and a sickle.
    Beneath the design is engraved:

    "So sweet St Patrick comes, Dear Joy to Day,
    Smiles on his face with Merriment & Play.
    With good store of Tattoes, Sweet Buttermilk, & Whisky,
    Small Pipes, & Usquebaugh to make us Dance Frisky.

    Then banish all care, and meagre sorrow,
    We'll Celebrate this Day not trust to morrow.
    Let's Rant & Roar & make the House Ring,
    Drink to St Patrick's Day in the Morning." 2 January 1781 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1781
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 223 millimetres
    • Width: 232 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

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

    • BM Satires 5945 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1781 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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