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The Invasion, Plate 2: England

William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)


On the English side, a sergeant measures a new recruit who stands on tiptoe to reach the minimum height. On the left, a grenadier has drawn a caricature of the French king, who holds a gallows intended for all the English “pirates.” A fifer plays “God save great George our King.” This all transpires in front of the Duke of Cumberland inn. The inn’s name commemorates the victor of the battle of Culloden, which had thwarted the last attempted French-Scottish invasion of England ten years before.

William George Sullivan; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1930.

Object Information

artist
William Hogarth (English, 1697-1764)
creation date
1756
materials
etching
dimensions
11-3/8 x 14-1/2 in. (image)
17 x 23 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Verse below design: also, "Designed & etched by Wm. Hogarth"
accession number
30.1041
credit line
Gift of William George Sullivan
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors