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Object: Saint George for England.
Series: Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
No. 1 of the series. A sailor riding (right to left) the British lion; in his right hand he holds out a foaming tankard, in his left is a sword resting on his shoulder and thrust through a huge sirloin of beef. His hat is decorated with a St. George's cross in a medallion, and with sprays of oak-leaves and acorns. On the lion's head is a spray of roses, his right fore-paw rests on a plum-pudding in a dish. His tail is raised almost vertically. Behind, seen through the lion's legs, are ships in full sail, clouds of smoke showing that a naval battle is in progress.
This design is surrounded by a border: The two circles are of hops twining round a pole, with oak-leaves and ears of wheat at their summit. The upper edge is the title on a scroll, with oak-leaves. The lower is formed of oak-leaves, acorns, and roses centred by a punch-bowl. Below the border is engraved:
"Behold your Saint with Glorious English Fare,
Noble Sirloin, Rich Pudding and strong Beer.
For you my Heart's of Oak, for your Regale,
Here 's good old English Stingo Mild & Stale.
This Porter is by Famous Calvert made,
Justly Renowned of all the Brewing Trade.
Such cheer as this will make you Bold & Strong,
Who'd not on such a Noble Saint, Rely on." 2 January 1781
- Production date
Height: 224 millimetres
Width: 237 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
See also BMSat 5943-5.
Reproduced, M. D. George, 'England in Transition', frontispiece.
The first plate of a series seven plates of tutelar saints. The next plates are of Sts David, Andrew and Patrick (BMSat 5942-4), and the other three (2014,7051.2 to 4; not in BMSat) are of Spain, Italy and France.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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