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Anything Will Do For an Officer

Artist:
Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
Publisher:
Samuel W. Fores (London)
Date:
January 1, 1796
Medium:
Etching, hand-colored
Dimensions:
sheet: 14 5/16 x 8 15/16 in. (36.4 x 22.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.533.506
Not on view
Signature: in plate below image, left: "Rowlandson fecit"

Inscription: below image in plate: "Some school-boys who were Playing at Soldiers found one of their number so ill made and so much under size that he would have disfigured the whole body if put into the ranks - what shall we do with him asked one– do with him says another why make an Officer of him. Any thing will do for an officer. Pubd. Jany 1st 1796 by S. W. Fores No. 50 Piccadilly corner of Sackville Street"
Francis Harvey (British, active by 1859–died 1899); C. W. Dyson Perrins(sale Sotheby's Jan. 12, 1959, lot 163); Vendor: Sotheby's, London Jan. 12, 1959
Grego II.62 (1806?); Grego II.398 (1806); Wright, A History of Caricature, 1875, p. 486 (published 1864 in Art Journal, vol. 26 (1864), p. 370); not in British Museum Satires (but subsequently acquired and listed on their online database).
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