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Forming a Line on the Parade.

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  • Title (object)

    • Forming a Line on the Parade.
  • Description

    A young and very smart officer lunges forward, pointing his tasselled cane at one of a line of soldiers who stand rigidly at attention full face, but with 'Eyes right' (the words inscribed at the end of the cane). He shouts: "Hold up your Head that Man there!" He holds his (sheathed) sword, attached to a sword-belt, in his left hand. The soldiers wear plumed shakos, long gaiters, and shoes with very pointed toes. Behind is a row of spectators, men and women, and one little boy. Some are fashionably dressed; one is a fat butcher. 12 November 1801
    Hand-coloured etching.


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  • Date

    • 1801
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 205 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line 'Publishd Novr 12th 1801, by H. Humphrey 27 St James's Street.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Said to be Captain B-rn-by, adjutant of one of the regiments of Foot Guards, a noisy disciplinarian, who would order the regiment to halt in Hyde Park when marching from Portman Barracks, to bawl at some private, 'Illustrative Description', 'G.W.G.', 1830. John Dick Burnaby (1776-1852) was Lieut, and Captain, Grenadier Guards (gazetted 5 Mar. 1794), 'Army List', 1800; Boase, 'Mod. Eng. Biography'. See Burke's 'Landed Gentry'.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 280. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9762 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 12 November 1801  Hand-coloured etching.

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 12 November 1801 Hand-coloured etching.

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