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St. George and the Dragon

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"A boxing scene (two couples): the Prince of Wales and Hanger are worsted by d'Eon and St. George. In the foreground (right) Hanger staggers backwards under the attack of St. George; his hat and bludgeon are on the ground beside him. St. George says, "Now in de Mouth, den in de Eye, & den where you like." Behind and on the left the Prince stands limply in front of an arched doorway. The Chevalier d'Eon, in profile to the left, faces the Prince with clenched fists. His dress and attitude recall the print of the famous fencing-match at Carlton House on 9 Apr. 1787, [Reproduced, Angelo, 'Reminiscences', 1904, ii. 46; attributed to Picot after Robineau. Attributed by Wright and Evans to Gillray, and reprinted in Bohn's 'Gillray', 1851 (No. 375).] though he is in the position of a boxer, not of a fencer. He wears a frilled muslin cap and fichu, with ruffled elbow sleeves as in that print; he says "vill you have de toder Stroke". The Prince, putting his right hand to his eye, says, "no no I find I cant Stand up to yow now I'm done, Oh! my Eye." His feathered hat is at his feet. Behind him is the curving baluster of a descending staircase. On the wall is the inscription: 'Gentlemen and Ladies Taught the polite Arts of Boxing, Fencing &c &c by------George & ------D'Eon'. On the left hang two crossed foils with a pair of fencing-masks. On the right is a picture of St. George in classical draperies riding down an ass which he transfixes with his spear."--British Museum online catalogue.

Item Information:

Identifier
br86b382b
Collection
Art Works
Institution
Yale University Libraries
Creator(s)
Cruikshank, Isaac
Publisher
S. Fores
Date Issued
Oct. 12, 1789
Dates Covered
1789
Genre
Art
Subject(s)
Chevalier D'Eon
Places
England > Greater London > London
Topic(s)
Boxing
Etching
Politics
Social norms
Visual arts
Resource Type
Still Image
Analog Format
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 27.2 x 37.5 cm, on sheet 29 x 41 cm
Language
English
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