The Surrender of the French at Fishguard

Image credit: Carmarthenshire Museums Service Collection

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This painting depicts the surrender of the French force that had landed near Fishguard in 1797. The painting is by an unknown artist and shows the formal surrender, when the French troops marched to Goodwick beach and laid down their arms on 24th February 1797. The local militia lined up on the surrounding higher ground to oversee the operation. Local women in their distinctive red cloaks are also depicted in the painting, no doubt included because of their role in deceiving the French invading force into thinking that they were soldiers, rather than local women in tall hats. The French troops were imprisoned. This is the only known depiction of this important event.

Carmarthenshire Museum



The Surrender of the French at Fishguard




oil on panel


H 62.5 x W 89.5 cm

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gift, on loan to Scolton Manor

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