James Collinson
Home Again 1856

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James Collinson 1825–1881
Home Again
Date 1856
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 827 x 1155 mm
frame: 1039 x 1361 x 106 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1985
Not on display

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Home Again was painted in the final year of the Crimean War. The British Public had followed the two-year conflict between Britain and Russia in the popular press; with this painting Collinson satisfied the demand for staged homecomings.A weary soldier wearing the uniform of the Coldstream Guards is returning home to his rural cottage. When it was first exhibited a quotation beside the painting explained that the soldier had been discharged because of an accident leading to blindness. As a consequence, the family now faced a bleak future.

July 2007

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