Two sailors with amputated legs, an eyepatch and an amputated arm moving with the aid of crutches. Etching by S.B., 1783.
- B. S.
- 20 September 1783
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The two maimed sailors support themselves on crutches on the irregular cobble-stones of a London street. The sailor on the left holds his hat in his left hand as if begging, a crutch under his arm; his left leg is amputated, his right arm, which is without a hand, is raised towards his face, his right eye is bandaged. The sailor on the right is in back view and has lost his right leg and supports himself on two crutches
The sailor's return, or British valor rewarded.S.B. "Some, for hard masters, broken under arms," "In battle lopt away, with half their limbs" "Beg bitter bread, tho' realms their valor sav'd- Young's Night Thoughts
[London] (116 Strand) : W. Dent, 20 September 1783.
1 print : etching ; image 18.4 x 22.6 cm
Wellcome Library no. 43959i
The poem quoted beneath the print is Edward Young's (1683-1765) "The Complaint:or, Night Thoughts (1742-45), a long, didactic poem on death
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