A view of the encampment of guards in St James' Park
Artist: Davies Esq., Thomas
Hyde Park was often used as an encampment for militia in times of war and conflict. The dome of St Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the distance, behind the pitched tents of the militia, and onlookers. It was painted by Thomas Davies (1737-1812), Captain of the Royal Regiment of the Artillery. It is possible he was trained in military draughtsmenship 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.