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- Object: The allied republics or France and Ireland, liberty and equality.
Design in a circle inset in a square. Illustration to verses etched below: 'Erin go bray'. A ragged French soldier rides an ass in profile to the left, a drawn sabre inscribed 'Fraternite' in his hand. The ass tramples over a crown, sceptre, and mitre. It is laden with plunder: 'barrels of Usquebaugh' and of 'Beef and Pork', 'Linen', a sack of 'Potatoes'. On its flank is an Irish harp with the staff and cap of Liberty. The head and shoulders of the Devil appear on the extreme right; he holds a spear which goads the ass, beneath whose feet is inscribed 'Erin go bray'. In the background (left) is a bridge over a river leading to a castle and to buildings in flames. Two bodies hang from a high gibbet (right), and a ragged French soldier tries to ravish a woman. Thirty-six lines of verse begin:
'From Brest in de Bay of Biskey
me come for de very fine Whiskey
to make de Jacobin friskey
While Erin may go bray
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De linen I get in de Scuffle
Will make de fine Shirt to my ruffle
While Pat may go starve in his Hovel
. . . . . .
Fitzgerald & Artur o Conner
To Erin have done de great Honor
To put me astride upon her. . . .' 17 October 1798
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Height: 325 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', VII, 1942)
For the Irish Rebellion see BMSat 9228, &c.; for the subsequent French landing see under BMSat 9244; for Hoche's attempted invasion see BMSat 9262, &c. It was an old gibe (often illustrated, cf. BMSat 9268) that Frenchmen wore ruffles but no shirts.
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