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A Recruiting Party

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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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.

National Army Museum


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    46.7 x 31.8 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1986-03-8

  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Christie’s, 1986


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