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- Object: The chesel'd soldier, return'd to business, or the Newgate Str-t butcher
A fat butcher, full-face, stands beside his block. In his left hand is a calf's head, in the right he holds up a knife. He wears a wig, an apron, and over-sleeves from wrist to elbow. His musket leans against his block, on which is a joint of meat. His cockaded hat, bandolier, and bayonet hang together on the wall behind him. 5 October 1780
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 176 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
A caricature of a member of the London Trained Bands or of the London Military Association which had sprung into activity after the Gordon Riots, as soon as the troops had secured the City from danger, see BMSat 5687, &c.
A rope-maker called Chesel appears in the London Directory for 1780. Chesel is an obsolete form of chisel or chesil, small pebble, gravel, or shingle.
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