Recruits, 1780.Engraving by Watson and Dickinson after W H Bunbury, 1780.This caricature was published during the American War of Independence (1775-1783). The war in America made enormous demands on British Army manpower. Here a recruiting officer and a non-commissioned officer line up new recruits outside an inn. Although the Army required able-bodied men, in times of shortage it would make do with whoever it could get. Many recruits were less than ideal material, as this caricature illustrates.Even so, the Government could not find enough recruits at home, and was forced to supply the shortfall by hiring Hessian (German) mercenaries. Date: 1780
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Masseur at work, Quex Park VAD Hospital
Jack Hedge, Masseur, at work in 'C' Ward of Quex Park VAD Hospital in 1917. He is watched by eight patients and a VAD nurse. Jack Hedge was the Birchington postman and a member of the local St John Ambulance Corps. 'C' Ward was located in one of the galleries of the Powell-Cotton Museum (currently Gallery 3 (2014)). Behind the screened glass to the left is one of the dioramas of African mammals that continue to be a feature of the Museum. The photograph was one of a number commissioned by Major Powell-Cotton from AH Siminson, photographer of St Lawrence, Ramsgate. It bears his embossing stamp in the bottom right corner. The Quex Park VAD Hospital opened on 15 October 1914 and closed on 31 January 1919. The hospital was run by Kent/178, the Birchington Detachment. The Commandant was Hannah Powell-Cotton (1881-1964), wife of Major Percy HG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) of Quex Park, founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Date: 1917
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The Beast of the Sea. Apocalypse of Angers
BATAILLE, Nicolas (14th c.). The Beast of the Sea. 1375 - 1382. The Dragon Royal transmits his power (Royal Scepter) to the Panther. Scene 13 of the tapestry number 3 from the series 'Apocalypse of Angers' commissioned by Louis I, Duke of Anjou, after cartons attributed to Jean de Bruges (fl. 1368-1381). International gothic. Tapestry. FRANCE. PAYS DE LA LOIRE. MAINE-ET-LOIRE. Angers. Angers Castle.
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