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Retiring Wounded from Battle; a wounded soldier leaning with both hands on a rock, on which lies his helmet, a glimpse of the fight at the left, 1773
Pen and black ink
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Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 187 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Exhibited at the Society of Artists, 1773, no.206.
Probably the drawing for an etching by Robert Blyth in his series 'Six Prints representing Banditti variously employed', published 15 November 1779 (P&D 1925,1511.3 which does not bear a title, and 1865,0520.910, which does)
See also: 1861,0413.8, a drawing which was acquired with the present one, but for which the attribution is doubted because it does not reverse the image as the one after the present work does.
A note on the title (K. Sloan, January 2014):
When this drawing came into the collection, no title was recorded in the accession register, but it had a simple description of the figure. When the British drawings were catalogued by Binyon in the 1890s, he gave the drawing the title ‘Retiring Wounded from Battle’ which is the title given in the print and used for the drawing by Sunderland in his catalogue raisonné. As he and we have noted, it was actually exhibited by Mortimer in 1773 at the Society of Artists where it was one of a series of six pen and ink drawings describing the life of a soldier, nos. 202-207, the first of which was ‘A soldier going out in the morning’, the second ‘His courtship’, the third ‘His family’ the fourth ‘An engagement’, fifth, ‘Wounded’ [the present work] and the sixth ‘His death’.
‘A soldier, wounded’ is closer to the artist’s own title but as it has been catalogued previously and especially in a catalogue raisonné as ‘Retiring Wounded from Battle’ we will keep this as the title for this work.
The letterpress titles for the prints relate to the titles the drawings were exhibited as, but are changed somewhat in the wording and the soldier has become 'Banditti' in the title for the group. The prints are titled Going out in the morning, Enjoying domestic happiness, Conversing with a captive, Killing an enemy, Retiring wounded from battle, etc. Binyon clearly knew the titled version of the print and used the title for the drawing as well, even though it isn’t exactly the title the drawing was originally exhibited with.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1773 London, Soc.Artists, no.206
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