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A flight of sportsmen, alighting in a preserved cover.

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  • Title (object)

    • A flight of sportsmen, alighting in a preserved cover.
  • Description

    After the title: 'Vide Newspaper Account of the Country Rangers'. Four sportsmen, preceded by three dogs and followed by two gamekeepers, run through the air; they fire downwards at the game rising from a thicket. Pheasants fly off or sit on the branches of a tree; pigeons fly away; two hares escape, one sits beside a fern. The pheasants and stylized plants give a quasi-tropical air to the English scene. A sportsman on the ground looks up at the monstrous flight and runs off having dropped his gun; he says: "Ecod, here's a desperate Flight of Wild Fowl, I donot like the looks of them." The aerial sportsmen wear gaiters or top-boots and have a fashionable appearance; one says: "We'll hunt their Covers. We'll preserve their Game for them just to astonish the Natives." Their gamekeepers carry sacks of game on their backs; one says: "Rot these Young Blades they will never be satisfied, my back is almost broke already." 26 January 1803


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    • 1803
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 261 millimetres
    • Width: 388 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'Pubd Jany 26 1803 by S W Fores 50 Piccadilly / Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10187 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1803 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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