"The Artist as a Beefeater" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 8 x 6 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

Half my grandparents came from England. The other half came from Scandinavia (see the Artist as a Viking). The mask of the English half is represented by a guy in a fruity hat with a red dress, red stockings and black pumps and who's a gluttonous meat eater. Many things in and about England fascinate me, including English words, phrases and names. The term Beefeater is a nickname for yeomen at the Tower of London, and refers to the fact that these yeomen had a better life than most of the King's or Queen's other subjects . . . because they ate beef. The inference here is that the other poor buggers didn't live as well as those who were closest to power. Things haven't changed much since then, have they?

 

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