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The painting depicts the Battalion encamped at Gunton Park in Norfolk, family seat of the commanding officer, Lord Suffield. The tradition of the military group portrait can be traced back at least as far as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and seems to have been especially popular with volunteers.
The 1st Administrative Battalion of the Norfolk Volunteers at Gunton Park
oil on canvas
H 68.6 x W 137.2 cm
purchased from Dennis Goldberg, 1981