Quemque suae rapiunt - in praelia causa', Hos polluta domus, legesque in pace minedae, Hos ferro fugienda fames. Luc. Phars. Lib.11.Au'ff! fasset Tapffren Naith/die Trommelwird gerührt...das Batterland, und Bott, wird der sein Leben, Das Sclaven fessel scheüt mit frohem Mutshingeben.
Copper engraving. Plate 247 x 286mm. 9¾ x 11¼". Watermark in paper. Large margins.
Military officers off duty, relaxing, drinking and playing games at the barracks. In the foreground, a groups of generals are involved in business with the sign-up of new and willing young officers. Surrounding the main image are four images of arms positions. One of the New Year’s broadsides produced by the military society of Zurich, Switzerland. This organization of elite officers founded in 1713, issued these broadsides every year from 1743 to 1797. They were produced only for the members of the Society, to provide an unusual view of how a proud army prepared for battle. From: Militärische Gesellschaft der Pförtneren, Zürich. Neujahrsblätter. Zürich, 1743-1797.
In the Newberry Library, Chicago.
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