William Hogarth

The Invasion, Plate I - France


William Hogarth's pair of engravings, 'The Invasion' were created in 1756 at the start of the French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years' War) when an invasion from France seemed likely.

Hogarth responded to this threat etching his most didactic sets of engravings to be used as propoganda prints and boost public morale.  He etched two views to compare the state of affairs in France and England.  Each was accompanied by verse written by his friend David Garrick.

'The Invastion Plate 1, France' shows disorganised and ragged French soldiers preparing to embark for England and a monk, with a sledge full of instruments of torture, who is sharpening his executioner's axe to use on the British, suggestive of the Inquisition, to convert them to catholicism.

This print is produced on St Cuthbert's Mill special acid free archival artboard.  The overall loose print size is 33cm x 24cm.  The framed print is presented in 20mm black wood archivist moulding, complete with rope hanger over hardboard back with a cream board mount.  The overall size is 43cm x 33cm.

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