The Old Print Shop

The Sailors Defence!!

  • ARTIST: George Woodward

  • PUBLISHER: Published by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside.

  • MEDIUM: Etching, handcolored.

    DATE: c 1790-1800

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 8 3/8 x 12 5/8" (21.2 x 32 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Plate # 130. Woodward del. <br><br> In this cartoon, a magistrate questions a sailor about his claims of beating another man. The magistrate says, "I really wonder you are not ashamed of yourself. A man of your athletic build make to beat a poor fellow - so much inferior to you in point of size. What have you to say for yourself." <br><br> To this the sailor replies, "Please your Magistrates Worship and glory, he run foul of my Larboard Side as I was steering through Wapping - so I hove him a gentle topper & knock'd him down, but I meant no harm for as I hope to see salt water again I had nothing at all in my hand but my fist."


  • CONDITION: Good condition with original handcoloring.