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- Object: The generous jack tars, or feasting after fighting.
Figures seated and standing round an oval table covered with a cloth, on which is a sirloin, a plum pudding, and a foaming tankard of beer. Four sailors act as hosts to Spain and France; Holland sits aloof in the foreground (left) clutching a bottle and saying "I have got a bottle of Hollands but I will keep to my self". A sailor sits at the centre of the farther side of the table, holding a large money-bag and saying "I dont care a Fig now for here is a bag of Spanish dollars". On his left sits a woman who says, "I am glad of it honest Jack for thou art a jovial fellow". On his right sits Spain, in feathered hat and slashed doublet, saying to another sailor who offers him a slice of beef, "Signior English, I like your beef better than your bullets". This sailor stands in front of the table, holding out a slice of meat on a fork and saying, "Here Don Diego is a taste of our English roast Beef."
France stands at the right end of the table, between two sailors, who invite him to partake of a large round spotted pudding. He says, "By gar I dont like it tho it be be [sic] better then de frogs & soup Meager". One of the sailors (right) holds his arm saying, "Take it take it Monsieur you may not have another offer". The other (left) beckons to him, saying, "Here Monsieur is fine plumb pudding of the best Spanish plumbs."
On the wall is a framed picture of a naval battle, inscribed "View of Admiral Rodney beating ye Spanish fleet". Beneath the design is engraved:
The Don & Monsieur our Jack Tars having beat,
And taking them Prisoners yet give them a treat,
Of the best Fruit of Spain a plumb Pudding is made,
And a Sirloin of English Roast Beef is display'd
Monsieur does not like it, because not his own,
But the Don licks his gills at a bit of the Brown." c.1780
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Height: 198 millimetres
Width: 274 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
Probably after Rodney's defeat of the Spanish squadron under Langara, 16 Jan. 1780, when Langara's flagship was taken and Gibraltar relieved. See BMSat 5648, &c.
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