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RE: [Revlist] Hogarth March to Finchley

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  • Steve Rayner
    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
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      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:
      http://www.peterwestern.f9.co.uk/hogarth/hogarth37.html

      (As John said, there do not appear to be any images on the web that hold up
      to 'zooming.')

      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.
      210.

      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.

      Cheers!

      Steve Rayner

      >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
      >only
      >wish we had been permitted to photograph the original when we were in
      >London!
      >
      >J~
      >
      >steverayner@... writes:
      >
      >at home I have some images from the oil painting.
      >
      >John M. Johnston
      >42d Grenr. Compy.
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