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The 6th (1st Royal Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot on Exercise While Stationed at Portsmouth

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Unusual for the period, this painting shows a regiment on exercise, demonstrating the procedure for advancing in companies across a narrow bridge. This potentially dangerous manoeuvre when within range of enemy guns means some troops had to remain along the riverbank to give covering fire.

The colonel commanding the 6th Foot, Lieutenant-Colonel John Michel (centre, mounted), went on to have a brilliant military career, seeing active service in the Crimea (1854–1856), in India during the mutiny (1857–1859), and in the Second China War (1857–1860), before taking command of the British forces in North America during the Fenian troubles in the 1860s. He was made Field Marshal in 1885.

National Army Museum



The 6th (1st Royal Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot on Exercise While Stationed at Portsmouth




oil on canvas


H 80.7 x W 139 cm

Accession number

NAM. 2008-08-17

Acquisition method

purchased from Mr Charles Sprawson, 2008

Work type



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