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A view of the encampment of guards in St James Park

A view of the encampment of guards in St James Park

Artist: Davies, Thomas

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVI

Item number: 7-d-2

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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Hyde Park was often used as an encampment for militia in times of war and conflict. This picture shows the militia tents, onlookers, and the park from Lord Amherst's House. It was painted by Thomas Davies (1737-1812), Captain of the Royal Regiment of the Artillery. It is possible he was trained in military draughtsmanship at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. Distinguished artists such as Paul Sandby tutored the trainees and as a result many became very capable artists in their own right.

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