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- Object: Flannel-armour; -female-patriotism, -or- modern heroes accoutred for the wars
The interior of a barrack-room; ladies are fitting soldiers with warm caps and undergarments. All the men wear conical caps with ear-pieces, some arranged to resemble a fool's cap. The three ladies in the foreground are young and comely; of those in the background, one is enormously fat, others thin and witch-like. On the wall are two dilapidated prints: 'Hannibal' and 'Charles XII' (the head torn off), commanders noted for their disregard of severe weather. Beneath the title: 'To the benevolent Ladies of Great Britain, who have so liberally supported the new system of Military Cloathing, this Print is dedicated -' 18 November 1793
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Height: 307 millimetres
Width: 360 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The flannel garments sent by ladies to the troops in Flanders were the subject of ribald comment in the press. A depot was formed in Soho Square for storing these and similar badly needed comforts, but the Secretary at War (Sir G. Yonge), 14 Nov. 1793, appealed to the public rather to expend money on shoes. Fortescue, 'Hist. of the British Army', iv. 901. This print ('inter alia') is said to have checked the ladies' activities. See BMSats 8348, 8349.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 175. Wright and Evans, No. 104. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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