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- Object: The Dutch in the dumps
Two English sailors (left) exulting together over Dutch prizes. They clasp hands, one (right) holds up a Dutchman's breeches, the pocket turned out, and shakes coins from it; he has a club under his left arm. The other holds the end of his club in his right. coat-pocket saying, "Dam-me Jack who Pays the Reckoning now", the other answers, "The Dutch my boy". A Dutch sailor (right) stands with his hands held by his sides, his shoulders hunched despondently; he is saying, "Damn de French & Spaniards I vish ve had nothing to do vit dem for dis Jack English vil trim our hides most damnably". Three small Dutch single-masted vessels are lying by the shore, dismantled, the British flag flying above the (plain) Dutch flag. On the ground in front of the figures are a square bottle inscribed "Hollands Gin", another pair of breeches, with the pocket inside out, disgorging coins, and a bale of goods. Beneath the design is etched:
"Perfidious Dutchmen now beware
When e'er you treat with France
For as they all can caper well
It's we will make you dance." 4 January 1781
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Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 246 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
On 20 Dec. 1780 a manifesto was published giving reasons for the commencement of hostilities, letters of marque and reprisal were granted against the Dutch and within a few days many ships were taken. See 'Ann. Reg.', 1781, pp. 162 ff.
The declaration of war was popular in general, though it was attacked by the Opposition. Cf. Walpole, 'Last Journals', 1910, ii. 342.
See also BMSat 5664, 5712-33, 5826, 5827, 5828, 5830, 5837.
Van Stolk, BMSat 4310.
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