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- Object: The soldier's return;-or-rare-news for old England-
The Duke of York and his bride walk arm in arm, in the manner of a tramping soldier and his wife. A large bundle on his back is inscribed 'L. 300000'; he uses his sabre as a walking-stick. She is pregnant, and carries a large money-bag: 'Pin Money £50000 Pr Annm'. Behind them (left) in the distance is a castle with a flag inscribed 'Berlin'. The Duke wears regimentals with his star; the Duchess wears a simple straw hat, tilted back to show a tiara. Beneath the title is etched: '"See the conquering Hero comes'. 14 November 1791
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Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 214 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of many satires on the marriage of the Duke of York, see BMSat 7903, &c. The bride's dowry from her father was only £13,000, 'absolutely a nothing' in comparison with the Duke's debts. 'Cornwallis Corr.' ii. 169. See BMSat 7917.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 132. Wright and Evans, No. 60. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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