The Soldier’s Return;- or- Rare News for Old England—

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The Soldier’s Return;- or- Rare News for Old England—
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James Gillray
The Soldier’s Return;- or- Rare News for Old England—
London, H Humphrey Nov. 14th. 1791
Etching
280 x 220 mm
Later, uncoloured impression, Ca 1800
£150
The Duke of York and his bride walk arm in arm in the manner of a tramping soldier and his wife. A large bundle on his back is inscribed; L.3000000. he uses his saber as a walking-stick. She is pregnant, and carries a large money-bag; Pin Money £50000 Pr Annm. Behind them in the distance is a castle with a flag inscribed; Berlin. The Duke wears regimentals with his star; the Duchess wears a simple straw hat, tilted back to show a tiara. Beneath the title is etched; “See the conquering Hero comes.
One of many satires on the marriage of the Duke of York.
BM 7916