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Rolinda Sharples painted the trial of Colonel Brereton after the event. The Bristol Reform Riots of 1831 were a protest at the House of Lords preventing the Reform Bill from passing through Parliament. Lieutenant Colonel Brereton was court-martialled in January 1832 for sending his squadron away on the Saturday night in the midst of the chaos. Some people thought that Brereton could have done more to save the city from destruction if he had acted earlier and more decisively.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 101.6 x W 148.5 cm