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A Soldier Relating His Exploits in a Tavern

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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In a tavern interior, a soldier holds forth to an audience of four fellow customers and a barmaid. The subject of his tale, which he imparts to an apparently sceptical audience, is indicated by clues in the painting. Since he points with his left hand to the print of the Battle of Waterloo on the wall, and wears a Waterloo medal on his breast, the spectator is meant to understand that he is recounting his own experiences of the battle.

National Army Museum





oil on panel


H 32.4 x W 50.2 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1992-03-1

Acquisition method

gift from Sir Alec Martin and Lady Martin, 1992

Work type



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