RE: [Revlist] Hogarth March to Finchley
- Hi John;
I took a look for the painting version of �March to Finchley� and have to
admit that I tricked myself, sort of. The book i have does have a nice
detail veiw of the lower left foreground with the Grenadier, Drummer and
Fifer, but alas, does not include the upper part of the baggage cart.
The upper part of the baggage cart is however, featured in color on the
cover of my paperback edition of M. Dorothy George�s �London Life in the
Eighteenth Century.� The view covers from the pregnant Grenadier�s wife to
the Soldier groping the milkmaid, and upward to just the top of the heads of
the two crones on the cart. How�s that for a technical description, eh? <;)
Hogarth�s engraver Luke Sullivan, actually sketched in details, apparently
following what Hogarth suggested with oils. For instance, Sullivan clarifies
the buckled straps on the portmanteaux. Hogarth used grayish, muted tones to
bring out the foreground detail.
Comparing these portmantaux with Lossing�s rendering of the Washinton tent
valise, I�d say that there are some similarities in construction, especially
at the bottom end. The valise however, is apparently open at the other end
like a sack, where it draws shut with a cord running through eyelets - this
I infer from the website image. The portmanteau on the other hand has its
opening on the side, closed by buckles and straps. The finishing touch of
the valise is a package wrapping of cord, to hold the contents snugly.
In case anyone would like to see a moderately-decent view of this
masterpiece in it�s full glory:
(As John said, there do not appear to be any images on the web that hold up
As to the qustion of �What�s -inside- the portmanteaux?� Why... the answers
to ALL our questions, of course! <;)
The portmanteau is one item of camp equipment that does appear with some
frequency in the accounts of British Officers. I�ve wanted to make one for
decades. Before I cut leather though, I�d like to consult as many period
sources as possible. I wonder if there are any pedigreed 18th century
examples, a range of sizes, or wide variation in styles?
I recalled reading an amusing anecdote of a Highlander and a portmanteau, by
Edmund Burt, who traveled extensively in the Highlands around 1730. He
described the sod covered huts of the Highlanders and an ingenious wooden
lock they used, then concluded:
�But there would be no great difficulty in opening the wall of the hut, as
the Highlander did by the portmanteau he saw lying upon the table, and
nobody near it but his companion. �Out!� says he; �What fool was this that
put a lock upon leather?� and immediately ripped it open with his dirk.� p.
Burt, Edmund; �Burt�s Letters from the North of Scotland, as related by
Edmund Burt.� originally published as �Letters from a Gentleman in the North
of Scotland to his Friend in London,� S. Birt, London, 1754. Reprint of 1876
edition. Simmons, Andrew, ed; Birlinn Ltd., Edinburgh, 1974.
>Subject: [Revlist] Hogarth March to Finchley_________________________________________________________________
>Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 16:10:20 EST
>Hopefully they will be larger images of the painting than I've been able to
>find online. The ones I've found don't stand up well to enlarging. I
>wish we had been permitted to photograph the original when we were in
>at home I have some images from the oil painting.
>John M. Johnston
>42d Grenr. Compy.
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