'Soldiers Recreating', 1798 (c)

Thomas Rowlandson

'Soldiers Recreating', 1798 (c)
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Soldiers Recreating', 1798 (c).

Sepia aquatint after Thomas Rowlandson, British Army on Campaign 1798.

Soldiers from an unknown unit enjoy a musical interlude during a break from their duties. They are accompanied by their womenfolk. Although only a few men from each unit were officially allowed to marry and have their wives and families accompany them, during the Wars of the French Revolution (1793-1802) women would have been found in almost every British military camp. Some worked as cooks, laundry women and sutlers (camp followers who sold provisions), while others were prostitutes.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
65278
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1983-11-63-2

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