William Hogarth: England plate 2
England plate 2
Late 18th century copperplate engraving by William Hogarth.
In response to a fear of French invasion caused by the movements of French troops to Le Havre and Brest and the outbreak of the Seven Years’ War in 1756 Hogarth etched a pair of plates on the topic, The Invasion. This second plate shows a scene outside an English inn with British troops, some of whom are performing drills in the background while others sit outside the inn. One of the soldiers paints a mock cartoon of the French King Louis XV on the wall. The scene suggests that the British army is both disciplined enough to repel any invasion but also that their morale is high.
Condition of this plate is good. Some foxing. Wide margins. No tears or stains.
Plate dimensions: 21,5 x 25 cm, sheet dimensions: 25,5 x 33,5 cm.