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Lady Gorget raising Recruits for Cox-Heath

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  • Title (object)

    • Lady Gorget raising Recruits for Cox-Heath
  • Description

    A lady seated on a settee (right) looking towards three yokels who stand before her (left). She is wearing riding-dress of a military cut, an officer's coat with epaulettes, and a gorget, the sign of an officer on active service. A bunch of seals hangs from her double-breasted waistcoat. She wears a large feathered hat with a military cockade, and holds a tasselled cane under her left arm. She is addressing a young man wearing spatterdashes and holding his hat, he smiles sheepishly. Another young man wearing a hat stands behind him (left), one hand on his shoulder. The third, wearing a smock frock, holds his hat to his mouth, grinning. Outside the window (left) are the tents of the camp. 4 June 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
    • Width: 248 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]" Numbered bl 456.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    One of many satires on camp-life connected with the camps at Coxheath and Warley. See BMSat 5523, &c.

    (Supplementary information)
    For a dated impression, see 2010,7081.1219; for a proof before letters, see 2010,7081.1220.
    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 88. There is also a reduced version published by Carington Bowles (2010,7081.1912)


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5953 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.55)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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