17th Century Cartoon of Meat-Loving Man on Ox - Stock Image

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Enjoy meat, rich food and wine? So did the Puritans of the 17th century. This cartoon from 1660 portrays a man on a fat ox to represent Shrove-tide, the Tuesday before Lent. He rides to "battle" against Lent on a fat ox with a skewer of meat as weapon, along with bottles of wine and plump chickens. An accompanying verse describes the flag as "a cooke's foule apron fix'd to a broome" and his helmet a "brasse pot." Published in an 1878 history of comic art, it is now in the public domain. Digital restoration by Steven Wynn Photography.
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