Inscribed, in plate, top left to right: Design'd & Etch'd by Wm. Hogarth FRANCE PLATE 1st. Publish'd according to. Act of Parliament March 8th. 1756.;
inscribed, in plate, beneath image: With lanthern jaws, and croaking Gut, / See how the half-starv'd Frenchmen Strut, / And call us English Dogs! /
But soon we'll teach these braging Foes, / That Beef & Beer give heavier Blows, / Than Soup & Roasted Frogs. /
The Priests inflam'd with righteous hopes, / Prepare their Axes, Wheels & Ropes, / To bend the Stiff neck't Sinner; /
But should they sink in coming over, / Old Nick may fish 'twixt France & Dover / And catch a glorious Dinner!
James A. Bergquist, Newton Centre, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 2015.
Paulson (1) 202, III/III
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