Now folks, listen up. This wee picture is an original etching by Isaac Cruikshank (father of the more famous George Cruikshank don’cher know?) It dates from between 1790 and 1810 (expert opinion varies) and it has been badly cut (fie o fie and not by us) from a larger page that had 8 such vignettes (oh go and look it up) on it. This was the final one.
The rather faint text reads………
"That a Military tail? I would not give a farthing for a Cart-load of them! I am told it is his Majesty's orders that every Gentleman Soldier in this Village shall at least have a tail of nine inches, to set a good example."
For you innocents out there – this is a deliberate double entendre and if you can’t work it out for yourselves then we are not going to do it for you. No, we aren’t.
It is small, original, has its original hand-colouring.
We are selling it unframed.
The most perfect wedding present ever or what?
5¾ x 4½ inches (not 9 inches)