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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE EARL AND COUNTESS OF JERSEY, REMOVED FROM RADIER MANOR, JERSEY LOTS 365-420

George Morland
THE RECRUITING SERGEANT OFFERING A TANKARD OF BEER IN WHICH LIES 'THE KING'S SHILLING'
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377

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE EARL AND COUNTESS OF JERSEY, REMOVED FROM RADIER MANOR, JERSEY LOTS 365-420

George Morland
THE RECRUITING SERGEANT OFFERING A TANKARD OF BEER IN WHICH LIES 'THE KING'S SHILLING'
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George Morland
LONDON 1763 - 1804
THE RECRUITING SERGEANT OFFERING A TANKARD OF BEER IN WHICH LIES 'THE KING'S SHILLING'
signed lower right: G. Morland pinx
oil on canvas
31 by 38 cm.; 15¼ by 12¼ in.
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Provenance

With Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, where acquired by the late Lord Jersey;
George Francis Child Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey 1910-1998);
Thence by descent to the present owners.

Exhibited

London, Arthur Tooth & Sons, Old Masters and Modern Paintings, no. 879 (according to an old label affixed to the reverse)

Catalogue Note

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the expression "to take the kings shilling" was synonmous with an agreement upon reciept, to serve as a soldier or sailor. Recruiters of the time used all sorts of tricks, a number of which included concealing a shilling at the bottom of a tankard, which led to the introduction of the glass bottomed tankard. The victim did not formally become a soldier until attested before a Justice of the Peace, and he could escape his fate by paying his recruiter "smart money" before attestation.

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