“The Soldier’s Adieu.” London: Robert Sayer, 1793. 11 3/8 x 9 3/4. Mezzotint. Original hand color. Not in George.
A fine example of British printmaking in the late 18th century, this charming mezzotint shows a soldier leaving for war, his wife giving him a fond farewell. A poem about a soldier’s danger in battle is below. Published by Robert Sayer, the leading British print publisher of the period, this is a classic image of a soldier’s lot.