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He would be a soldier, or the history of John Bulls warlike expedition.

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    • He would be a soldier, or the history of John Bulls warlike expedition.
  • Description

    A sequence of six figures and a final group arranged in two rows. [1] 'John Bull at home', a handsome young farmer wearing a smock and wrinkled gaiters, sits at a table smoking, a pitcher in his hand. [2] 'Inlisted.' He stands full-face, hands on hips, dressed as before but with a favour in his hat. [3] 'Trained to Arms'. Smartly dressed in uniform, he stands at attention in profile to the left, shouldering a musket. [4] 'On Foreign Service'. He marches (left to right), still smartly dressed, but carrying a knapsack inscribed 'GR.' [5] 'Camp Dinner.' He is seated on the ground eating bread and an onion. More bread and onions lie in and near his open knapsack. (Cf. BMSat 8145.) [6] 'In Battle.' He fires his musket, leaning forward in profile to the left. His uniform is tattered, though his appearance is still neat. [7] 'Loaded with honors of War.' An old soldier with a leg amputated and a sightless eye, he limpa [sic] on crutches, holding out his hat for alms.
    An infant is tied to his shoulders. Behind him and on the extreme right is his wife, a ballad-singer carrying twin infants, with an elder boy beside her. Her song is: 'O Bony Lass will you live in a Barrack'. See BMSat 8328, &c. 1 July 1793.


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    • 1793
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 289 millimetres
    • Width: 378 millimetres
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        Lettered with title, text within and publishing details: 'IC [Cruikshank.] London Pubd July 1st 1793 by S W Fores N 3 Piccadilly where may be seen a Model of the Guilotine Likeways the Head of Count Streuenzee large Collection of Caricatures Admittance one shilling.'
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8333 bibliographic details
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    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1 July 1793.  Etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1 July 1793. Etching

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