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The Sailor riding to Portsmouth

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Sailor riding to Portsmouth
  • Description

    A sailor wearing striped trousers is seated outside an inn on a horse which is kicking, because one of two small boys (left) is prodding him with a stick. The sailor holds a bowl of punch, which is being spilt as he loses his stirrups and clutches the animal's mane in alarm. In front of the horse (right) stands a countryman with a handful of hay. At the door of the inn is a fat landlady, and on her left a military officer of foppish appearance. The door has a small pediment inscribed "M. Hewson Neat Wines". Above the door is the sign, a crescent surrounded by a huntsman's horn. May 1782
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1782
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered at bottom left 475
  • Curator's comments

    A pair to BMSat.6158. Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 93.

    Sale catalogue listings
    Carington Bowles, 1784, p. 119 no. 471; 1790, p. 109 no. 498

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6159 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.191)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  May 1782  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). May 1782 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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