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Object: Saint David for Wales
Series: Seven Prints of the Tutelar Saints
No. 2 of the series, see BMSat 5942. A man riding (left to right) a goat. In his right hand he holds out a large leek, in his left is a slice of cheese on a toasting-fork. At his back is slung a Welsh harp ornamented with the head and torso of a winged woman. His hat is decorated with a leek, he wears jack-boots with large spurs. Fish are thrust through his belt, and a holster containing a bottle is inscribed "Welch Ale".
In the background are mountainous hills on which goats are prancing. The border at each side is formed of a leek garlanded with leaves and surmounted by a goat's head. At the top is the title on a scroll and some small leeks. The lower border is of foliage centred by a crown surmounted by the ostrich plume of the Prince of Wales. In the two lower corners are piles of cheeses at which rats are nibbling.
Beneath the border is engraved:
"The Glorious Ancient British Saint Behold,
David the great in Fames Records Inroll'd,
Loaded with Grand Repast his Sons to Treat
And set's before them fine Welch Ale & Meat.
Herrings, Leeks, Black Puddings mustard, toasted Cheese,
With Goats Milk, Butter & such food as these.
Then brings his Minstrells Harp of gracefull sound.
Whose Musick cheers their Hearts & makes their Voice Rebound." 2 January 1781
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Height: 226 millimetres
Width: 238 millimetres
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