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The Pilgrimage to Canterbury, Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) Featured Image

The Pilgrimage to Canterbury, Thomas Stothard (1755-1834)

Oil on panel, English School, late 18th / early 19th century. Thomas Stothard was born in London and was apprenticed to a draughtsman of silk pattern designs in Spitalfields. When his master died, he attended the Royal Academy in 1778, was elected a Royal Academician in 1794 and, having been taken under the wing of Sir Joshua Reynolds, devoted much of his skill to engravings and illustrations. Stothard worked prodigiously, his family portraits funding much of his art schooling. He admired Rubens and although his paintings are often small in size, they reflect Rubens colours and composition. This painting shows just one small part of The Pilgrimage to Canterbury. The finished painting (Tate N01163) includes around thirty characters and is almost a metre in length. The engraver and publisher Robert Cromek commissioned this painting from Stothard. He then put it on display and charged visitors a shilling to see it. He also collected subscriptions for the forthcoming print of the painting. William Blake, then a close friend of Stothard, claimed that Cromek had commissioned a painting of the Canterbury Pilgrims from him first, but that Cromek had not liked his design and so took the commission to Stothard. Blake then accused Cromek and, through him, Stothard of copying his long, frieze-like composition. Blake was furious when Stothard's resulting work spring boarded his career and brought about numerous important commissions. It is unlikely that Blake's accusations were well-founded, but the dispute effectively ended Blake and Stothard's friendship

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Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918 Featured Image

Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918

These 17 campaign medals were awarded to various members of the Call family. The medals date from the Peninsular War (1807-1814) to the Great War (1914-1918) and include: Military General Service Medal, 1793-1814; Army of India Medal, 1799-1826; two First China War Medals, First Anglo-Chinese War 1839-1842; Order of the Bath (Military Class), 1869; Crimean War Campaign Medal 1854-1856; Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856; India General Service Medal, Second Anglo-Burmese War / Second Burma War 1852-1853; Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856; Order of the Medjidie Medal (Fifth Class), Crimean War 1854-1856; Afghanistan Medal, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Distinguished Service Order Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Queen's South Africa Medal, Second Boer War 1899-1902; 1914-15 Star Medal, First World War 1914-1918; British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Victory Medal, First World War 1914-1918. The Call family served with the Royal Irish Regiment, which until 1881 was known as the 18th Regiment of Foot. It was also known as the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was disbanded in 1922. Members of the family also served with the 27th Light Dragoons and the Royal Engineers. TRURI : 1931.40.41-57

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle