A military parade in Hyde Park; 1811

Robert Dighton

A military parade in Hyde Park; 1811
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Print showing military parade in Hyde Park entitled "Triumph of the British flag over the French eagles & colours, taken by our brave soldiers in different actions, as they appeared in the park, May 18th 1811".
Under the command of the Duke of Wellington, the British Army fought Napoleon's forces in Spain from a base in Portugal. The campaign became known as the Peninsular War. By 1811 Napoleon had turned his attention to invading Russia. Dighton's print shows a military parade in Hyde Park on the 18th May 1811 celebrating British successes in the Iberian Peninsular campaign. British troops are displaying captured French standards as trophies for the crowds. The two soldiers at the front of the line are shown symbolically lowering the French banners.

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