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- Object: A Hint to Young Officers.
Lord Moira, a candle in each hand, stands in the doorway of his house. He wears a dressing-gown in place of a coat He has opened the door to a young officer, who steps forward unsteadily raising his cocked hat. An ugly watchman (l.) in Highland dress trudges to the left. holding his staff and lantern; he is the only figure who is caricatured. The architrave is surmounted by an earl's coronet. The dignified doorway is set in a wall of heavy stones and flanked by two windows high above the cobbled street. Below the title:
'When loud the Watchman cry'd the Hour
And call'd 'till he was hoarse -
"Past Twelve o'Clock!
Then down the Lord of the Castle came
His Aad-de-Camp to meet -
And when his Aid de-Camp he espied
All shivering in the Street -
Thou'rt welcome here, dear Aid-de Camp
The generous Noble said
Altho' it is past 12 o'Clock
And Servants all in bed
Thou'rt welcome here, dear Aid de Camp
Put down your Hat & Cane;
Walk in & Sup, we'll make it up,
But, don't do so Again! -
Parody upon ye Red Cross Knight' 9 July 1804
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 370 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Moira, as C.-in-C. of the forces in Scotland, was very popular. Tom Sheridan was for a time his aide-de-camp, and the incident related was said to be Moira's attempt to teach consideration for his servant, exhausted by the young man's late hours.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 313. Wright and Evans, No. 527. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, 'Angelo's Pic Nic', 1905, p. 177.
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