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- Object: Old England: Or, The Constitutional Journal. Extraordinary.
Broadside satirising John Carteret's indulgence of George II's wish for British troops, and British-subsidised troops, to engage in the war of Austrian Succesion in support of Maria Theresa and in defence of Hanover. On the right, Britannia, ""Old Eng[lan]d Spinster", sits spinning at a wheel on the edge of a cliff, an empty cornucopia, lettered "Once full", at her feet, and a grenadier's cap on her spear. Her thread, attached to a kite, is held by Carteret, "Sergeant Kyte" (named after the Recruiting Sergeant in Farquhar's play), who falls backwards, in danger of going over the cliff; as - to the consternation of an English onlooker - the thread is cut by an elegant Frenchman, the word "Douceurs" at his feet. The kite to which the thread was attached floats free appearing as though it will fall to earth; the thread passing through a messenger, lettered, "Cl-yt-h". At the head of the kite is "Forlorn Hope", troops in the most hazardous position at Frankfort where a crown and thistle is labelled "Headquarters"; the Rhine stretches across the kite with "Hesse" and "Hanover" at either side; a "covered way" defended by British and British-subsidised army units stretches back to "Ostend" . The kite's tail is formed of a string to which are attached the names of British regiments which are "The Sport of Winds". Text below in three columns by "Jeffrey Broadbottom" reporting the warning of "a Friend" as illustrated in the etching. 19 May 1743.
Etching and letterpress
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Height: 190 millimetres (etching)
Height: 451 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 236 millimetres (etching)
Width: 237 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- This is an extraordinary number of "Old England", a periodical by "Jeffrey Broadbottom" (pseudonym of William Guthrie), which ran from 1743 to 1746, judging by surviving numbers in the British Library.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014 May-Oct, Hannover, W Busch Mus, 'Hanoverians'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: War of Austrian Succession 1740-1748
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