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This pair of prints (see also 30.1041) was intended to boost morale at the outset in 1756 of the Seven Years’ War with France, also known as the French and Indian War. On the French coast, troops are embarking for an invasion of England. A monk sharpens his ax and loads instruments of the Inquisition to be used in the reconquest of England for the pope. A gaunt group of soldiers gathers at an inn whose signboard reads “Weak soup at the Royal Wooden Shoe,” rallying under the banner that promises “Vengence” as well as good English beer and beef.
William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.