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Trepanning a recruit

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1863,1017.160

  • Title (object)

    • Trepanning a recruit
  • Description

    A young man sitting outside a house with a sign reading 'Cumberland House D. Irwin from Carlisle', wearing smock and holding a tankard on his knee, smiling up at a soman who lifts the end of her apron, her right hand on the arm of a soldier standing beside the boy, points to show how well his hat looks on the boy while a second man, sitting with his drum between his knees on the other side of the boy, wearing a plumed hat, sash and coat, taps him on the head with one of his drum-sticks; after Morland; plate 1 of a set of four; scratched-letter proof. 1791
    Mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1791
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 550 millimetres
    • Width: 450 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Scratched below the image with the title, and "Plate 1st / Painted by G Morland / Engraved by G Keating / London Published July 29th 1791 by J.R. Smith King Strt Covent Garden".
  • Curator's comments

    The publication line is too faint to be legible on this impression and has been taken from a scratched-letter proof of the second plate of the series (Recruit Deserted).

    From a series of four plates (at 1863,1017.160-163).

  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Imp)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1863

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1863,1017.160

A young man sitting outside a house with a sign reading 'Cumberland House D. Irwin from Carlisle', wearing  smock and holding a tankard on his knee, smiling up at a soman who lifts the end of her apron, her right hand on the arm of a soldier standing beside the boy, points to show how well his hat looks on the boy while a second man, sitting with his drum between his knees on the other side of the boy, wearing a plumed hat, sash and coat, taps him on the head with one of his drum-sticks; after Morland; plate 1 of a set of four; scratched-letter proof.  1791  Mezzotint

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A young man sitting outside a house with a sign reading 'Cumberland House D. Irwin from Carlisle', wearing smock and holding a tankard on his knee, smiling up at a soman who lifts the end of her apron, her right hand on the arm of a soldier standing beside the boy, points to show how well his hat looks on the boy while a second man, sitting with his drum between his knees on the other side of the boy, wearing a plumed hat, sash and coat, taps him on the head with one of his drum-sticks; after Morland; plate 1 of a set of four; scratched-letter proof. 1791 Mezzotint

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