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- Object: Rodny's new invented turn about
Men representing America, France, Holland, and Spain each tied to the end of a turn-about, or two bars crossing at a right angle where they are pivoted on a post. They are running stripped to the waist, their wrists tied to the four ends of the turn-about, while Rodney (left) holds up a scourge which he is applying to their backs, saying "Peace you Combin'd fools, I'll give it you Monsieur for your Presumption". France, his hair in a long pigtail queue, looks over his shoulder to the left saying, "O Rodny my back". At his feet is engraved French navy reduced, an allusion to the battle of the Saints, 12 Apr. 1782.
Holland (right) running in profile to the right says, "these strokes are to[o] severe". At his feet is engraved "Tranquin . . . le [Trincomalee] lost &c." This was captured by Admiral Hughes in Jan. 1782, but the news did not reach London till 16 May. (Walpole, 'Letters', xii. 250. 'London Gazette', 18 May.)
Spain, behind Holland, and running from right to left, is saying "I'll be peaceable on any terms". He wears a feathered hat, ruff, slashed breeches, and top-boots. America, a red Indian, with feather head-dress and girdle, running in the same direction says, "O the Deceitful French". The four ends of the turn-about are inscribed "France", "Dutch", "Spain", "America". A jack-tar (left) looks on holding a club in his right hand, waving his hat and saying, "Da-n [sic] the Frog give him another Dozen."
Beneath the design is engraved "The Little Admiral giving the Enemy's of Great Britain a Flagellation". For Rodney's victory see BMSat 5991, also by Colley. 1 July 1782?
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Height: 143 millimetres
Width: 206 millimetres
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