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The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving)

The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving)


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The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving)

XJF448285 The Recruiting Serjeant, engraved by John Goldar, 1769 (engraving) by Collet, John (c.1725-80) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A satirical print of a recruiting Serjeant bribing a yokel; ); English, out of copyright

Media ID 12883597

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Bribe Bribing Yokel


The Recruiting Serjeant - A Satirical Glimpse into 18th Century Recruitment

EDITORS COMMENTS
. This print showcases "The Recruiting Serjeant" an engraving created by John Goldar in 1769. The image, after a painting by John Collet, offers a satirical commentary on the practices of recruitment during that era. Set against a backdrop of rural England, the print depicts a scene where a cunning serjeant is seen bribing an unsuspecting yokel. With its sharp wit and clever composition, this artwork sheds light on the darker side of military enlistment in the 18th century. The serjeant's persuasive tactics are brought to life through intricate details and expertly etched lines. As viewers delve into this piece, they are transported back in time to witness the artful manipulation employed by recruiters seeking new soldiers for their cause. Through satire and humor, "The Recruiting Serjeant" challenges societal norms while offering social commentary on power dynamics and corruption within recruitment processes. This thought-provoking print serves as both entertainment and critique, providing us with valuable insights into historical practices that shaped our world today. Displayed proudly in private collections around the world, this remarkable engraving continues to captivate audiences with its timeless message. Its significance lies not only in its artistic merit but also in its ability to spark conversations about ethics and exploitation throughout history.

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