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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

A general discharge, or the darling angel's finishing stroke. 13 Mar 1809

Hand-coloured etching | 25.1 x 35.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810755

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This bawdy satire suggests the Duke is militarily incompetent. Mrs Clarke is shown spiking a large phallic cannon, that is, rendering it unusable by stopping up the touch-hole. The Duke kneels beside her bemoaning his fate. In the background, a group of soldiers flees a woman beating a drum to the ‘Rogues’ March’, the tune by which disgraced soldiers were drummed out of the army. Cat. 76