frame: 1305 x 1850 x 130 mm
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.