The Greenwich Pensioner
A group on a bench on the north side of the Rysbrack statue of George II in the centre of the Grand Square of Greenwich Hospital. Left to right: a respectable young woman with a babe in arms; a boy in naval dress of short jacket and white trousers, leaning on the knee of a Greenwich Pensioner with a wooden left peg-leg, and a pedlar standing by the bench to the right. The boy's hat on the paving appears to be the distinctive leather cap of the Greenwich Hospital School, which fits with his dress. The Pensioner is showing him a framed print of the French flagship 'L'Orient' blowing up at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 (so inscribed), with the pedlar holding two other prints similarly framed.
Edward Matthew Ward
Original size: 350 mm x 261 mm
- Image reference: PY3306
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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