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The long march north.

This framed print has the following carved as its dedication ‘A representation of the March of the Guards towards Scotland in the Year 1745. ‘To His Majesty the King of Prussia, an Encourager of Arts and Sciences! This Plate is most humbly Dedicated.’

Hogarth himself is to us today one of the most notable satirists of his time. This print, showing the English soldiers heading north to confront the Jacobite forces as an undisciplined band of drunken lecherous thieves, would have pleased Frederick II, the King of Prussia greatly. He was a ‘prince elector of the Holy Roman Empire’, and at the time of this printing, had not yet made his alliance with Great Britain at the Convention of Westminster.