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Design in two rows of six sections, with 11 figures demonstrating an exercise for the halberd, fortifications in the background, at lower right three halberds, a pike and flag tied together; folding plate to John Blackwell, 'A compendium of military discipline' (London, 1726).
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Height: 333 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 507 millimetres (cropped)
- Curator's comments
- On thin paper, previously folded, and backed onto a modern sheet; inscriptions on the verso of the original sheet appear to read 'N 1219 3 / 2..6'.
The titlepage to Blackwell's manual, as given in Paulson (from an edition in the University of Michigan Library), is 'A compendium of military discipline, as it is practised by the honourable the Artillery Company of the City of London, for the initiating and instructing the officers of the trained-bands of the said city... By John Blackwell, adjutant and clerk to the said Company. London: Printed for the author; and are to be sold at his house in Well-Court in Queen-Street, near Cheapside. 1726'. There are two folding plates, both by Hogarth but unsigned, the other being on the salute with the half-pike (Paulson 103; see Cc,1.67). The Artillery Company was comprised of 300 men, governed by a president, vice-president, treasurer and court of assistants and with the King or Prince of Wales as Captain-General, from which officers for the City Militia of London were drawn. A new Artillery Ground adjoining Moorfields was opened for exercises in May 1726.
A note in Nichols and Steevens, 'The Genuine Works of William Hogarth', vol. 2 (1810), p. 44, states that the publishers and booksellers Laurie and Whittle were then selling prints of both the folding plates from this volume, suggesting they were then in possession of the copperplates.
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Associated Title: A compendium of military discipline
- Acquisition date
- 1827 (before)
- Acquisition notes
- See comment on S,2.1.
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