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George Housman Thomas (1824-68)

The farewell to the Scots Fusilier Guards at Buckingham Palace drawn 1854

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 32.5 x 47.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 916781

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This was the first of many works relating to the Crimean War in Victoria and Albert’s watercolour albums. Painted at an early stage of British involvement in the conflict, it is brightly coloured and contains individual portraits of soldiers parading before their queen, striking a note of optimism and patriotism.