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The Encampment in Hyde Park

The Encampment in Hyde Park

Artist: Sandby, Paul

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1781

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVI

Item number: 6-c

Genre: Topographical Print

Hyde Park was often used as an encampment for militia in times of war and conflict. In May 1722, hundreds of regular army troops were brought into the park, allegedly to protect against a Jacobite coup. Paul Sandby's slightly caricatured view of the militia men - dancing, drinking, smoking, fighting, conversing with hangers on - reflects the noise and disruption these encampments could bring.

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