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The soldier's return;-or-rare-news for old England-

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  • Title (object)

    • The soldier's return;-or-rare-news for old England-
  • Description

    The Duke of York and his bride walk arm in arm, in the manner of a tramping soldier and his wife. A large bundle on his back is inscribed 'L. 300000'; he uses his sabre as a walking-stick. She is pregnant, and carries a large money-bag: 'Pin Money £50000 Pr Annm'. Behind them (left) in the distance is a castle with a flag inscribed 'Berlin'. The Duke wears regimentals with his star; the Duchess wears a simple straw hat, tilted back to show a tiara. Beneath the title is etched: '"See the conquering Hero comes'. 14 November 1791 Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1791
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 280 millimetres
    • Width: 214 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and publication detail: 'Pubd Novr 14th 1791. by H Humphrey No 18 Old Bond Street'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    One of many satires on the marriage of the Duke of York, see BMSat 7903, &c. The bride's dowry from her father was only £13,000, 'absolutely a nothing' in comparison with the Duke's debts. 'Cornwallis Corr.' ii. 169. See BMSat 7917.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 132. Wright and Evans, No. 60. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7916 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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