The Worsted Sportsmen_or_A good General but a D....bad Marksman.
Hand coloured etching with large margins. Platemark: 250 x 345mm (9ĺ x 13Ĺ"). Creasing to lower right and upper left corners of sheet.
A shooting scene depicting the Duke of Wellington to the right, in a top-hat, shooting-coat, and gaiters firing his gun, saying, 'Curse it Iíve shot my Friend instead of my Enemy!!' In his pocket are papers addressed Master of Ordinance. A second sportsman, Lord Granville, in the middle distance, and in the Duke's line of fire, covers his face with his hands, saying, 'Holloa! what the Devil are you after? is this the way you manage the Ordinance'. A pheasant flies off. A third man with a game-bag slung from his shoulder takes cover behind a tree, saying, 'I suppose he calls this putting his seal to the appointment'. Early in 1823, when shooting at Wherstead, near Ipswich, as guest of Lord Granville, Wellington, notoriously a bad shot, shot his host's nose, a keeper's gaiters, and a dog.
BM Satires 14499.
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