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- Object: A Portugal catch for three voices.
Three men sit, singing a catch, with a round table between them. A British officer (perhaps Cotton), wearing a cocked hat, sits in profile to the right., facing Dalrymple who sits (r.) with tightly closed mouth, his hands on his knees. Between them, but with his chair from Dalrymple, sits a man in Spanish (here Portuguese) dress, wearing a feathered hat. The British officer sings:
T'was You Sir-Hew - Twas Hew. that let the French Escape,
That makes you look so blue Sir-Hew Sir Hew!
He and the Portuguese (perhaps Freire) point minatory hands at Dalrymple, whose face is painted lead colour. On the wall are two pictures: (above the Portuguese) 'A correct representation of the French Plunderers stopt in their progress by the Spanish Patriots.' [at Baylen] and (above Dalrymple): 'A Correct representation of the French Plunderers quitting Portugal for France - under a British Escort.' In one a long train of wagons is stopped by armed men, in the other are ships in full sail. On the table are glasses and decanters of 'Port
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Height: 252 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 356 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For the Convention of Cintra, by which French troops returned to France in British ships, see BMSat 11035, &c. It was owing to the arrival of the inexperienced Dalrymple on the day after Vimiero to supersede Wellesley, and his refusal to sanction the immediate pursuit of Junot, that the victory was not followed up. George Ellis remarked "that from henceforward humiliation is to be spelt Hewmiliation". 'Corr. of Lord G. L. Gower', ii. 332 (Sept. 1808). Cf. a catch 'by the People, the Ministers, and the Three Great Commanders!!!'. 'Ann. Reg.', 1808, p. 219 f. See BMSat 11047. For catch-singing see BMSat 6912.
Listed by Broadley.
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