1780 to 1810 was a very war-like period in British History, and this is reflected in the art throughout the room. On the one hand, there was the expansion of territory in the Indian subcontinent and then there was 20 years of war with France during the Napoleonic and Revolutionary wars. Curator Greg Sullivan
The Prime Minister for most of this period was William Pitt the Younger, who took office at just 24. His rule coincided with the French Revolution, and he also led Britain through the Napoleonic wars. Meanwhile, beyond Europe, Britain continued to strengthen its presence in India. These historical events are reflected in the paintings in this room, which include naval battles, as well as depictions of colonial India.