The Recruit, 1830 (c)

Henry Liverseege

The Recruit, 1830 (c)
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

The Recruit, 1830 (c).

Oil on canvas by Henry Liverseege, 1830 (c).

In the interior of an inn, a bemused young man sits between his lady friend and a recruiting sergeant and his companion. He looks out of the painting, as if inviting the viewer to assist him in his decision between military and civilian life, although perhaps he is already too intoxicated to care. To the right, in another room, a disabled veteran sits alone. He still wears uniform, either because he cannot afford civilian clothing, or because the sight of limbless veterans in uniform could inspire charity. In contrast to the image of military life no doubt presented by the proud and smartly dressed recruiting sergeants, this was the reality for many soldiers after their discharge from the Army.

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Generously donated by Sir Alec and Lady Martin through the National Art Collections Fund.

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