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The convention.

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  • Title (object)

    • The convention.
  • Description

    England and Spain, represented by an English sailor (left) and a Spanish don (right), turn their backs on each other and prepare to walk away. Each has a dog, that of the sailor snarls at the don, whose dog walks off with its tail between its legs. The sailor wears short trousers; he holds a cudgel, and scowls over his left shoulder at the don, his left hand in his waistcoat pocket. The don, who holds his much-feathered hat, puts his right hand on his hip and marches off jauntily with a pointed toe as if dancing, looking round with an air of defiance. The sailor says "You be D------n'd" (cf. BMSats 5611, 5612), his profile resembles that of John Bull in those prints; the other answers 'Adieu'. 1 December 1790.


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 246 millimetres
    • Width: 375 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within and publishing details: 'Pub Dec 1. 1790 by S W Fores N 3 Piccadilly Where may be seen the completest collection of Caricatures &c in the Kingdom also the Head and Hand of Count Struenzee Admittance one shilling.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    For the Convention between England and Spain see BMSat 7687, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7683 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1 December 1790.  Etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 December 1790. Etching

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