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Object: Saint Patrick for Ireland
Series: Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
No. 4 of the series, see BMSat 5942. An Irishman riding (left to right) on a horse. He is dressed as a military officer, with epaulettes. In his hat is a cross in a medallion. In his right hand, and resting on his shoulder, is a sword on which potatoes are spitted. In his left hand he holds out a wineglass. Two fish are slung on his right arm, under it is a sickle. Various objects are attached to his saddle or his person including a tankard, a small set of bagpipes, a candle-stick, a large fish; a small Irish harp decorates the hindquarters of his horse. The background, seen between the horse's feet, is the sea-shore with ships.
A border decorates the two sides of the print, surmounted (left) by a frowning mask, with a dagger through one eye, and (right) by a smiling mask. To a vertical line of conventional fruit and foliage are attached a number of objects, including a horn and goblet, a flute, a flail and rake, a wine-bottle and glass, a sheaf of corn and a sickle.
Beneath the design is engraved:
"So sweet St Patrick comes, Dear Joy to Day,
Smiles on his face with Merriment & Play.
With good store of Tattoes, Sweet Buttermilk, & Whisky,
Small Pipes, & Usquebaugh to make us Dance Frisky.
Then banish all care, and meagre sorrow,
We'll Celebrate this Day not trust to morrow.
Let's Rant & Roar & make the House Ring,
Drink to St Patrick's Day in the Morning." 2 January 1781
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Height: 223 millimetres
Width: 232 millimetres
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