Friday, July 25, 2014

Patriotic Soup for Poor Old England, 1780

Patriotic Soup for Poor Old England, Thomas Cornell, 1780, British Museum.

A metaphorical fire burns a soup of ingredients contributed by a number of figures all around a large pot. The King himself stands over the gathering, and seems none too bothered by the sailor who defecates into his soup.

He wears a wig with curls and a queue. His jacket has a single vent in the back and mariner's cuffs. The close fitting striped trousers our tar wears are parted in the back, allowing him to contribute to the stew.

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