Cruikshank, Isaac (1764-1811)

[Satirical British print/Britse spotprent] Back front & side view of a Dutch light horse-man, with their improved method of mounting/Het bestijgen van een paard door een Nederlandse ruiter.

Satirical British print, making fun of Dutch soldiers.
“In the foreground three fat and unsoldierly Dutchmen sit on clumsy horses. On the left man and horse are in back view. Next, the rider holds a pitcher in his left hand; kettle-drums are slung to the horse, an enormous trumpet extends above the rider’s shoulder and nearly touches the ground. The next horse (right) stands in profile to the right, so overweighted that foam falls from his nostrils. From its rider’s bulging breeches protrudes a bottle. In the middle distance (right) a stout Dutchman swings in the air from a pulley, his legs astride, and is about to descend upon the saddle of his horse. The windlass of the gibbet-like structure is turned by a man stripped to the waist. The three soldiers whose faces are visible are all smoking pipes.” [British Museum – inv. 1851,0901.686] Inscribed above and titled at bottom: “ICks London Pub: July 24 1794 by S W Fores N 3 Piccadilly who has lately fitted up his Exhibition in an entire novel stile admitance one shilling. NB folios of Caracatures lent out / BACK FRONT & SIDE VIEW OF A DUTCH LIGHT HORSE-MAN, with their improved method of mounting.”. Monogrammed on the bottom right corner, within frame. Date of print 1794.

Hand colored etching on paper, trimmed to plate mark; total: 254 x 402 mm; top right corner damaged and partially missing, toned paper due to age, some foxing, yet charming impression.

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