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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

England Invaded, or Frenchmen Naturalized. 16 Mar 1798

RCIN 810491

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Fears of a French invasion of Britain heightened in 1797, when Napoleon amassed a sizeable ‘Army of England’. Rowlandson plays on this panic, showing a battle on British soil. The British are vanquishing the French, who are in flight back towards the windmill-powered barges it was commonly believed were being built to carry them across the Channel. Probably purchased by George IV when Prince of Wales Cat. 45