The Invasion, France (Plate 1)

William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764


published March 8, 1756

Etching with engraved additions on laid paper


Plate: 12 1/2 × 15 5/16 in. (31.7 × 38.9 cm)

Sheet: 17 × 22 3/4 in. (43.2 × 57.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


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.

Catalogue Raisonne

Paulson (1) 202, III/III

This record is part of an active database that includes information from historic documentation that may not have been recently reviewed. Information may be inaccurate or incomplete. We also acknowledge some language and imagery may be offensive, violent, or discriminatory. These records reflect the institution’s history or the views of artists or scholars, past and present. Our collections research is ongoing.

We welcome questions, feedback, and suggestions for improvement. Please contact us at: