2016 Christmas Card - Order Form
The 2016 Regimental Christmas Card order form is now available. Click here to view the form.
A description of this year's picture is:
March of the Guards to Finchley, 1750 (oil on canvas), Hogarth, William (1697-1764)/The Foundling Museum, London, UK / Bridgeman Images
This oil painting shows the 1st Guards marching out of London to counter the Jacobite rising of 1745.
Lines of soldiers march away in the distance; meanwhile, soldiers in the foreground are engaged in a range of unbecoming behaviour. The display of collective and individual unruliness is symbolic of the liberties of the British people. The orderly column of Grenadiers seen marching northwards shows that boisterous Britons will become disciplined defenders of their liberties when the need arises. Paradoxically, the work both highlights the dissolute behaviour of the guardsmen and shows that they can be transformed into a disciplined fighting force, with the drummer and boy fifer summoning the soldiers to their duty.
On top of a carriage loaded with halberds and tent poles is a very beautiful figure suckling her child, which is almost a direct copy from Guido’s “Madonna”. A sergeant on the ground below is wielding his pike and calling his men to order. A milkmaid is being kissed by a soldier while another fills his hat from her pail. A soldier points this out to a pieman, at the same time using his other hand to steal a pie from the tray on his head. One critic said it was absurd that there were a couple of chicks so near the crowd, until it was pointed out that they are trying to reach the mother hen whose wing can be seen jutting out of a soldiers bag. The cats on the roof of the Charles II pub indicate that it was Madam Douglas's brothel. She is the fat lady praying piously in the bottom right hand window for the safe return of her customers from the campaign. George II is supposed to have refused the dedication of the print with the famous remark: “Does the fellow mean to laugh at my Guards?” However, the delicate balance Hogarth achieves between faith and roughness make this one of his greatest paintings.
Please ensure you thoroughly check your order forms are completed correctly and written in BLOCK CAPITALS. Once complete, return them to Sgt Haughton as stated on the form. Also, please check that your cheques have been signed. This will ensure there are no delays with you receiving your card(s).
Unsigned cheques will be returned to sender and unreadable order forms will not be processed. Strict adherence to the deadline of 29th July 2016 is essential.
Sgt R Broomes, CertRP
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
Grenadier Guards Association