Philip James De Loutherbourg A Distant Hail-Storm Coming On, and the March of Soldiers with their Baggage 1799

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Title
A Distant Hail-Storm Coming On, and the March of Soldiers with their Baggage
Date 1799
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1092 x 1626 mm
frame: 1305 x 1850 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund 1942
Reference
N05389
Not on display

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Loutherbourg’s picture is filled with foreboding. It was painted shortly after the French revolution and at the beginning of the wars with revolutionary France and its allies. The landscape is stormy and overcast, and peopled by soldiers. This reflects how the nation was becoming militarised and placed on a war footing, with military exercises and recruitment and conscription reaching even remote areas.

May 2007

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