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Unusual for the period, this painting shows a regiment on exercise, demonstrating the procedure for advancing in companies across a narrow bridge. This potentially dangerous manoeuvre when within range of enemy guns means some troops had to remain along the riverbank to give covering fire. The colonel commanding the 6th Foot, Lieutenant-Colonel John Michel (centre, mounted), went on to have a brilliant military career, seeing active service in the Crimea (1854–1856), in India during the mutiny (1857–1859), and in the Second China War (1857–1860), before taking command of the British forces in North America during the Fenian troubles in the 1860s.
oil on canvas
H 80.7 x W 139 cm
purchased from Mr Charles Sprawson, 2008