[Pair.] The Encampment at Brighton.Dedicated by Permission to His Royal Highness George Price of Wales, by His Royal Highness's most devoted & obedient servants, Colnagi & Co. [&] The Departure from Brighton. Dedicated by Permission to Field Marshal His Royal Highness the Duke of York, Commander in Chief of all His Majesty's Forces, &c. &c. &c. by His Royal Highnesses's most devoted & obedient servants, Colnagi & Co.
London: Published May 1st 1796, by Colnagi & Co. No. 132 Pall Mall.
Pair of mezzotints. Each 535 x 660mm, 21 x 26". Both plates creased, 'Encampment' with ink annotation and tear in margin.
Two scenes of the Militia Camp near Brighton, showing the friendly relationship between the troops and the locals, especially the traders and girls. The camp was a frequent event during the first years of the French revolutionary wars, as it was a good venue for recruitment to the regular army, with bounties offered. It was held every year between 1792 and 1796, then in 1798 and 1803, with militias coming from all over the country. In 1793 Jane Austen's brother Henry was there with the Oxfordshire militia: she refers to the camp in her novel 'Pride and Prejudice'. The paintings by Francis Wheatley from which these derive were both painted in 1788.
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