St. George & the dragon

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James Gillray
St. George & the dragon
[London] : Pubd. June 13th 1782, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [1782]
etching, hand colored
image: 224 x 325 mm; trimmed sheet: 245 x 346 mm
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

By James Gillray.


Print shows Rodney, in naval uniform, striking down a dragon representing France. He stands in profile to the right, with his right foot on the dragon's thigh, his left hand holds the monster's jaw, his cutlass is raised to give the final blow. The dragon clutches his leg with its claws, and is breathing out fire and smoke as well as frogs. Fox (left) runs towards Rodney holding up his left hand, while with his right he holds out a baron's coronet; he is saying "Hold my dear Rodney, you have done enough, I will now make a Lord of you, and you shall have the happiness of never being heard of again".

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