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Hero's Recruiting at Kelsey's - or - Guard-Day at St James’s, 1830
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Hero's Recruiting at Kelsey's - or - Guard-Day at St James’s, 1830

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Hand-coloured etching by James Giilray first published by Hannah Humphrey 9 June 1797. This edition printed 1830. Two Guards officers on high stools face each other at the counter of Kelsey’s famous fruit-shop and confectioner’s shop in St. James’s. 
 
A satirical view of the Foot Guards contribution to the war effort at the height of the struggle with Revolutionary France. A lank and elderly officer (identified as Captain Birch), devours a jelly, while the another, a juvenile with dangling legs eats from a large cornet of ‘Sugar-plumbs'. A buxom lady  behind the counter proffers a tray of jellies in glasses, while in the doorway a third officer in spurred jack-boots, extremely fat and grotesquely knock-kneed, stands with his hands clasped behind him watching a coroneted coach driving past with two footmen in feathered hats standing behind. 

 

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