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Bloomsbury & Inns of Court Volunteer. Rowlandson print.

Bloomsbury & Inns of Court Volunteer. Rowlandson print.

by Rowlandson, Thomas

Rowlandson Loyal Volunteer of London. Recover Arms position.
"At the word Arms, the firelock is by a quick turn of the left hand flung a ittle upwards, at the same time catching it with the right hand round the small of the Stock, & with the left above the lock placing the thumb of the left hand straight up between the Barrel & Stock, & the little finger to touch the feather spring, with the cock firmly against the upper part of the left Breast, with Elbows close."

Military print from an aquatint drawn and etched by Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), for LOYAL VOLUNTEERS, or London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry, in their respective Uniforms. Representing the whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise.. This Illuminated School of Mars, or Review of the Loyal Volunteer Corps of London and its vicinity.., originally published in London c1799 by Rudolf Ackermann.

In 18th and 19th centuries, The Volunteer Corps "in moments of alarm and of imminent dangers, so readily and honourably stood forward, at their own expense, to assist the Civil Magistrates, and to preserve the tranquillity of the Great and commercial Emporium; and to defend the Property of their less qualified neighbours from the ruffian hands of interested depredators, and from the malicious schemes of disloyalty.
To guard those Laws from violation, that have so long withstood the test of time, the Genius of the Nation drew the Sword, and Justice gave her sanction: to follow the bold example was the first wish of the Associators.."

Coloured print on cream background 255 x 205 mm (10 x 8 inches). Page size is 330 x 240 mm (13 x 9.5 inches).

Stock Number: damil.R8Price: $25.00