Chelsea pensioners with a view of the hospital: 19th century
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40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Chelsea pensioners with a view of the hospital: 19th century

William Belch

© Museum of London

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Chelsea Pensioners with a view of the Hospital. Hand coloured engraving loosely based on David Wilkie's famous painting, commissioned by the Duke of Wellington: Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Despatch (1822). Here, however, the presence of two central peg-legged pensioners places greater emphasis on the damaging effects of war. At the end of the wars with France, the battle scars, disabilities and impoverishment of many of the discharged sailors and soldiers were a common sight for Londoners.
 

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Date

1822 AD - 1824 AD
 

Image Number

002498
 

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