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As the British Government did not introduce conscription during the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815), the Army struggled to fill its ranks. Apart from the risk of injury or death inherent in a military career, disparity in pay was a major factor in turning potential recruits towards civilian occupations instead. Where a private could earn seven shillings per week in 1806, a dockworker could expect to earn 28 shillings.
oil on panel
46.7 x 31.8 cm
purchased at Christie’s, 1986
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT EnglandView venue
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