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The Soldier’s Return

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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A tired and injured veteran sits slumped beside a stile, while a woman and child bring him food. Presumably discharged from military service due to disability, the sergeant appears without means even to buy civilian clothes. He wears an assortment of regimental clothing, including a glengarry (forage cap) of the 93rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot. This painting was almost certainly intended as a continuation of O'Neil's famous pair of narrative paintings, showing troops leaving for and returning from the Indian Mutiny (1857–1859), 'Eastward Ho! August 1857' and 'Home Again'.

  • Date

    1861

  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    53.1 x 41.7 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1995-06-18

  • Acquisition method

    purchased at Christie’s, 1995

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