My Bane and Antidote now lye before m ,/This in a moment brings me to an end/ But these inform me I shall never die!!_ Cato.
Hand-coloured etching, rare, image 305 x 215mm. 12 x 8˝". Trimmed within plate, close to image. Closed tear to lower right margin.
Caricature of Godfrey Green, a soldier accused of misappropriating funds to pay his debts; he sits in profile to the left at a table strewn with papers inscribed 'Court of Inquiry', 'Reasons for quitting my last Regiment', 'Bills', and 'Letters from Lawyers'. His buttons are inscribed '34'. He has no sword, but in his right hand is a pistol, the butt inscribed 'G.G.', the stock 'Courage'. In his left hand are three contemporary caricatures, the uppermost 'Anticipation' (BM Satires 11756), with 'How to C ... net' (11757) and a print (partly visible) of a peacock with the head of Green wearing a cocked hat and called 'Peacock . . .' These he weighs against the pistol with an agonized frown. The table is inscribed 'Breach of Trust' and 'Obstinacy'; the chair with 'Incorrigible-ness', 'Disgrace', and 'Lies'. On the wall is a framed placard titled 'Dashing Advice to Officers’, above a list of tenets subverting the traditional attributes of a gentleman officer. Green escaped indictment but was transferred from the 87th to the 34th Regiment on 30 May 1811. G. G. appears in the 1811 'Army List' as Lieutenant (gazetted 1807) in the 87th or Prince of Wales's Irish Regiment; he is not in the 1812 'List'. this is a companion print to 'Green turned yellow...' by Williams (BM 11758). By Charles Williams (1797 - 1830; active), prolific etcher of satires of his own or others' designs. Almost all plates are anonymous.
BM Satires 11759.
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