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Battle of Jersey.

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 6th, 2015, 3:19 pm

This might be a bit out of bounds chaps 1781 is just out of the frame but I saw today was the anniversary & it did inspire a famous painting by Copley. Interesting for it's obscurity!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jersey

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Re: Battle of Jersey.

Postby Will M » January 6th, 2015, 5:05 pm

Thanks for that Josh. Amazing detail, even the blue and gold gilt is depicted on swords. Appears most accurate and good for reference for arms and uniforms.
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Postby Josh&Historyland » January 6th, 2015, 5:46 pm

I think I've seen it discussed for uniforms before, it's a great painting.

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Postby unclearthur » January 6th, 2015, 7:07 pm

I brought it up in the one of the discussions on black soldiery and the distinct lack of these men in period paintings. What was particularly interesting was Major Pierson's servant Pompey taking almost centre stage, after the colours.
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Postby Josh&Historyland » January 6th, 2015, 9:44 pm

Right you are! His actual role in the fight is a little foggy though am I right? Copley's inclusion of him may well be a nod to Benjamin West's inclusion of the contemplative Mohawk in the death of General Wolf. I'm also wondering if the fallen highland officer is meant to be an actual fatality?

And just to add another question who is this fellow supposed to be?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_Sayyad

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Postby unclearthur » January 6th, 2015, 10:08 pm

Whoah! Never heard of him!

It wouldn't surprise me though, given French interests in India. And Napoleon wasn't afraid to employ friendly non-natives, to judge from half his army ;)
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Re: Battle of Jersey.

Postby Student of 1812 » January 7th, 2015, 8:36 am

This site gives more background on the painting http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/ ... s_painting
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Re: Battle of Jersey.

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » January 7th, 2015, 9:28 am

The painting was re-enacted on Jersey to mark the 231st anniversary:
http://jerseyeveningpost.com/jep-pictur ... of-jersey/

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Re: Battle of Jersey.

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 7th, 2015, 4:24 pm

Wonderful link Sarah, priceless image!

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Re: Battle of Jersey.

Postby jf42 » January 7th, 2015, 6:27 pm

Josh, the prostrate Highlander would seem to represent a subaltern of the 78th "Earl of Seaforth's" Regiment (72nd from 1786) although it was recorded in a local person's letter:

"On our side, we suffered the irreparable loss of poor Major Peirson, who was shot through the heart just as Victory declared herself for him, to the regret of every body: no other officer killed or wounded ; very few privates killed or wounded."

<http://www.theislandwiki.org/index.php/A_letter_describing_the_events_of_the_Battle_of_Jersey>

Perhaps he was just stunned. Copley does provide a very interesting rendering, from an unusual angle, of a diced military bonnet mounted with surprisingly luxuriant feathers for the period, capturing the form of the Highland soldier's uniform bonnet at an early moment of transition.
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