Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oh! Lord Howe - they Run, 1782

Oh! Lord Howe - they Run, or Jack English Clearing the Gangway before Gibraltar, Thomas Colley, 1782, British Museum.

I missed this print time and again, but it was brought to my attention by the excellent 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center. Check it out!

In a typical caricature of the British sailor, Jack English gives Spain and France a thrashing! This print celebrates the Great Siege of Gibraltar, a much vaunted success of the British over the allied forces during the American Revolutionary War.

Jack English wears a black round hat with a narrow brim, a black neckcloth, and a single breasted red jacket. His close fit trousers are of the broad fall type, and with vertical blue stripes.

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