A soldier relating his exploits in a tavern, 1821

John Cawse

A soldier relating his exploits in a tavern, 1821
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

A soldier relating his exploits in a tavern, 1821.

Oil on panel by John Cawse (1779-1862), 1821.

In a tavern interior, a soldier holds forth to an audience of four fellow customers and a bar-maid. The subject of his tale, which he imparts to an apparently sceptical audience, is indicated by clues in the painting. Since he points with his left hand to the print of the Battle of Waterloo on the wall, and wears a Waterloo medal on his breast, the spectator is meant to understand that he is recounting his own experiences of the battle.

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