View of West Cowes with the Volunteers on the Parade
Artist: Livesay, R.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of West Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Richard Livesay. In W. H. Davenport Adams’ book ‘The Isle of Wight; Its History, Topography and Antiquities’, published in 1862 West Cowes is describes thus, “The river is always thronged with vessels of different sizes and rigging. The shore is busy with shipwrights … [it] is a town of considerable antiquity, and has always been the chief port of the island”. In this print the Loyal Newport Volunteers can be seen lining the beach and standing to attention. With the threat of invasion by Nelson’s troops in 1803, Ralph Leek Lord of manors in Newport, Shropshire raised a volunteer army to defend the country. Similar regiments were raised across the country to defend their own villages.