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The Welch Sailor's Mistake or Tars in Conversation.

  • ARTIST: George Woodward

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Thos. Tegg No. 111 Cheapside.

  • MEDIUM: Etching, handcolored,

    DATE: c. 1790-1800.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 8 3/8 x 12 1/2" (21.2 x 31.6 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Plate # 220. Rowlandson scul. <br><br> A British satirical print poking fun at the Welsh dialect and comprehension of the English language. Five sailors are sitting on deck, the four English sailors are either drinking or smoking a pipe. One of them, on the right, says "...and so then do you see David we sprung a leak" The Welsh sailor misinterprets the meaning of "leak" and responds, "Cot pless us— and save us—did you! and a ferry coot fetchitable it is. I should have liked to have had a pit with you." <br><br> British sailors were once called "Jack Tars" or "Tars" for short. Although the exact reason for this is unknown, the Royal Museums Greenwich notes it might have been because of the use of tarpaulins in their uniforms. Tar was typically mixed into the canvas to make it waterproof.


  • CONDITION: Good condition with original handcoloring.