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This is the opening scene of Act three of the 1706 comic play, 'The Recruiting Officer' by George Farquhar (1677/1678–1707). Rose, a country wench (possibly played by Catherine 'Kitty' Clive, 1711–1785), carries a basket of chickens, and behind her Captain Plume, played by Robert Wilks (1665?–1732), grasps the shoulder of her brother and accomplice, the unfortunate Bullock. In the background, Sergeant Kite is seated at a table taking a glass of wine.
oil on metal
H 42 x W 59.5 cm
gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and other contents, 1973