The Artists' Rifles in Camp, 1884

Godfrey Merry

The Artists' Rifles in Camp, 1884
2 8 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

The Artists' Rifles in Camp, 1884.

Oil on canvas by Godfrey Merry, 1884.

In August 1884 the 20th (Artists') Volunteer Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own) held their camp at Aldershot. These summer camps were voluntary and usually not very well attended, while the long Easter weekend camp was much more popular. Here the volunteers are shown preparing for drill. Some are almost ready, equipped with blanket rolls and Snider rifles, while the soldier buying fish still needs to change his fashionable, but non-regulation, two-tone shoes.

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