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The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Photo credit: The Royal Hospital Chelsea

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The Restoration of Charles II in 1660, made the improvement of provision for the welfare of old or disabled soldiers a pressing matter. By 1673 it was already being noted that some soldiers were no longer fit for service. It was common practice for maimed or old soldiers to be kept on regimental rolls, or sent on garrison duty – thus impairing the effectiveness of an army that was under heavy demand.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea



oil on canvas


H 122 x W 213 cm

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gift from the Hon. F. General Evans, Governor of the Hospital, 1729

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London SW3 4SR England

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