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The cock of the rock on his charger.

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.5905

  • Title (object)

    • The cock of the rock on his charger.
  • Description

    Lord Heathfield, blowing a trumpet, rides a mule in profile to the left. The mule seems to have been suddenly pulled up, it looks up braying. He rides beside five military officers and a drummer who march in single file in the middle distance beside a paling. Their uniform is drawn with precision, and they may be portraits. All wear gaiters and carry muskets. The first (left), who is very short and wears a gorget and a plumed helmet, may be intended for Tarleton. He is followed by a man beating a drum. The last three have numbers on their bandoliers to indicate their regiment: '18', '2' (reversed), and '59'. 4 January 1790 Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 301 millimetres
    • Width: 480 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'London Pubd by W: Holland N° 50. Oxford Street, Jany 4 1789.' and 'In Holland's Exhibition Rooms may be seen all the French Caricatures with the largest collection in Europe of Humorous Prints: Admittance one Shilling.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    Heathfield, famous for the defence of Gibraltar, see BMSats 6034-7, was Governor of Gibraltar. The date is too early for an allusion to pending war with Spain, news of the incident at Nootka not reaching London till 27 Jan. (see BMSat 7645). Cf. BMSat 7651. The colonels of the 18th (Royal Irish), 2nd (Queen's Royal), and 59th (Foot) regiments were Sir John Sebright, Daniel Jones, and Sir David Lindsey. 'Army List', 1790.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7622 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1790 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.5905

Lord Heathfield, blowing a trumpet, rides a mule in profile to the left. The mule seems to have been suddenly pulled up, it looks up braying. He rides beside five military officers and a drummer who march in single file in the middle distance beside a paling. Their uniform is drawn with precision, and they may be portraits. All wear gaiters and carry muskets. The first (left), who is very short and wears a gorget and a plumed helmet, may be intended for Tarleton. He is followed by a man beating a drum. The last three have numbers on their bandoliers to indicate their regiment: '18', '2' (reversed), and '59'. 4 January 1790 Hand-coloured etching

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Lord Heathfield, blowing a trumpet, rides a mule in profile to the left. The mule seems to have been suddenly pulled up, it looks up braying. He rides beside five military officers and a drummer who march in single file in the middle distance beside a paling. Their uniform is drawn with precision, and they may be portraits. All wear gaiters and carry muskets. The first (left), who is very short and wears a gorget and a plumed helmet, may be intended for Tarleton. He is followed by a man beating a drum. The last three have numbers on their bandoliers to indicate their regiment: '18', '2' (reversed), and '59'. 4 January 1790 Hand-coloured etching

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