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Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817-94)

Naval Review off Spithead on 23 April 1856 dated 1856

RCIN 920312

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A watercolour view of the naval review held at Spithead on the return of the fleet at the end of the Crimea War. Described by Ruskin as a ‘brilliant’ naval artist, Brierly was frequently commissioned to record maritime events for the Queen. This review, here depicted from the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert, marked the return of the Navy from the Crimea. Brierly had worked in the Crimea as a war artist for the Illustrated London News. Text adapted from 'Victoria & Albert: Art & Love', London, 2010