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Print made by Robert Spence, 1871–1964, British

George Fox Is Challenged to Fight at Scarborough Castle

Part Of:

Collective Title: George Fox His Journal

between 1890 and 1911
Etching and drypoint on medium, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 9 5/8 x 12 11/16 inches (24.5 x 32.3 cm), Plate: 6 x 8 15/16 inches (15.2 x 22.7 cm), and Image: 5 1/4 x 8 13/16 inches (13.3 x 22.4 cm)

Lettered in black ink, lower center: "One Wilkinson, a Presbyterian, once a Captain, being drunk challenged me to fight him. I told him How unmanly a thing it was in him to challenge | a Man ot fight, a whole Principle, he knew, it was not to Strike; but if he was Striken on one Ear, to turn again, the other. However, | I told him I would now answer him with my Hands in my Pockets: and (reaching my Head towards him) 'Here said I, here is my Hair, here are | my Cheeks, here is my Back': with that he Skipt away from me, and went into anothe Room: at which the Soldiers fell a laughing; and one of the Officers | said, 'You are a brave Man that can bear such things.'"; lower right: "G Fox his Journal. Scarborough Castle, 1666."

Signed in graphite, lower right: "Robert Spence"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of the George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
alcohol | benches | castle | chairs | coats | drinking | drunk | fireplace | food | hats | historical subject | humor | illustration | interior | laughing | men | officers | pipes | Presbyterian | pub | Religious Society of Friends | running | soldiers | surprise | sword | tables | tavern
Associated Places:
England | North Yorkshire | Scarborough | Scarborough Castle | United Kingdom
Associated People:
Fox, George (1624–1691), a founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
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