Chelsea Pensioners. Cavalry & Infantry.
London Pub.d Nov.r 1.st 1814 by Colnaghi & Co. 23 Cockspur Street.
Very fine hand-coloured aquatint. Plate 317 x 254mm. 12½ x 10".
Exterior scene in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in which two Chelsea Pensioners stand in conversation and a third watches from a bench. The figure on the left with a barrel on his back and a stick in his hand, represents a pensioner who served in the cavalry, while the figure on the right with a wooden leg represents an ex-infantryman. The Royal Hospital Chelsea was completed in 1692 after a warrant was issued in 1681 authorising he building of a hospital for the care of those 'broken by age or war.' From "Costumes of the Army of the British Empire, according to the last regulations 1814".
[Ref: 19211] £160.00