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- Object: A dispatch from Major Fischer . . .
The title continues: 'dated last at Branco 20 April 1812 says "Our Regiment has suffered much from wett & cold having been bevouacked for 3 nights in the open air & I found for the first time the great utility of my tent, but alas, a madman has stole my watch & spectacles!!!' The Major, his uniform in extreme disorder, stands before a small tent, hands raised, addressing the trumpeter of No. 11872, who sits on a drum, with the young Cornet on his knee. He says: "Oh! Trumpeter, what for a Rascal has my Spectacles & watch stole? I shall not be able now to see the enemy!—(Thank God!)." The boy, with a peevish grimace: "Papa, I want to go home I wont play soldiers no more I be so cold & wet." The trumpeter: "Hush! Hush little Lieutenant, Hush." In the background neatly dressed officers warm themselves at camp-fires.
Pen and brown ink, with watercolour
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Height: 194 millimetres
Width: 318 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The dates cover the climax of Wellington's successful spring campaign (during bad weather) with the capture of Badajoz (6 Apr.) after twenty-one days' siege.
Drawings in pen and watercolour by an amateur.
Not in Binyon.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Peninsular War 1812
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- Prints and Drawings
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