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- Object: A trip to Cock's Heath
A crowd of visitors, chiefly women of disreputable appearance, making their way (r. to left.) towards the camp at Coxheath, near Maidstone. The foremost is a courtesan wearing a military hat and coat carried on the shoulders of an officer; she points to the camp with a spear; a dog barks at her. Next, a woman leads by the arm a fat, elderly and amorous officer, of very unmilitary appearance, who holds his sword in his hand. Two elderly women, evidently brothel-keepers, are conspicuous; one holding crutches is being pushed in a wheel-barrow by a decrepit old man. Facing the crowd (l.) are three cannon, inscribed "9 P.; 9 Pounder" and "G.R. 12 Pounder", the last is being inspected by three women. In the background (l.) a cannon is being fired, and men are being drilled beside a group of tents. Behind the walkers (r.) three women are driving rapidly in a two-wheeled chair drawn by two horses towards the camp. 28 October 1778
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Height: 243 millimetres
Width: 341 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
The first of many satires on the militia-camps formed in 1778 in connexion with recruiting and as part of the defences of the country. Coxheath was visited by the king on 3 Nov., great crowds assembling. 'London Chronicle', 3-5 Nov. 1778. 'Camp News' was a considerable item in the newspapers and 'the Camp' by Tickell, an entertainment, was produced at Drury Lane, 15 Oct. 1778, and was very popular for two seasons, its chief feature being a realistic representation of Coxheath Camp by Loutherbourg. For camps see BMSat 3752, 4563, 4760, 5525, 5600-2, 5620, 5773, S77S, 5778, 5794. 5950, 5953, 6156.
Attributed to Gillray (Grego, 'Gillray', p. 27), but perhaps after a drawing by Mortimer. Similar in manner to BMSat 5524, 5609.
Attributed by Grego to Gillray, despite the clear evidence of the lettering.
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