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        Roll Call Crimea
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        More info. on original painting here.


        • Canvas Size: 18 x 12 inches (approx.)
        • Image Size: 16 x 8 inches (approx.)
        • Date: 2000s (Modern)

        Just bought a few of these from an art company in Glasgow and this is their blurb:

        Fine Quality Reproduction
        This is a stunning reproduction on canvas of the original painting by the above artist. We describe every reproduction which we create as a "Outstanding". You may think this to be a rather grand claim, but with our rigorous attention to detail allied with the very latest in technology, we doubt that you will disagree when you see the finished product.

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        Using contemporary historical information we digitally remaster every reproduction to produce an enhanced image. We have endeavoured to create a reproduction as the artist would have intended his work to have been displayed at the time when it was painted.

        On inspection, I was pleasantly surprised. Far, far better than a normal print.

        Sent rolled in a hard tube to avoid damage. Unstretched.

        More Info. on Calling the roll after an engagement, Crimea (The Roll Call)

        Sourced from Lady Butler - Battle Artist, 1846 - 1933 book (1987), the ultimate biography on her and her work. Direct link here to the book @

        All text Alan Sutton Publishing.

        Oil on canvas, 91 x 182.9

        Insc: (mon)/Eliz:th Thompson/1874

        Prov: Commissioned by Mr Charles J Galloway of Manchester and Knutsford, for 126; ceded to Queen Victoria in May 1874.

        By gracious permission of Her Majesty the Queen

        Exhibited at the National Army Museum only.

        This picture has sometimes been assumed to refer to the battle of Inkerman, 5 November 1854, even though Inkerman was fought in rain and fog, not snow, as seen in Thompson's picture.

        The artist herself never linked the subject with a particular action of the Crimean War of 1854-56.

        This is a sombre picture of Grenadier Guards mustering in the cold grey light after an engagement.

        The Roll Call was commissioned by a Manchester industrialist, Charles Galloway, after he had bought a watercolour by the painter, Soldiers Watering Horses, at the Dudey Gallery in 1872.

        Lady Butler began work on the project in earnest during the autumn of 1873 when she persuaded her father to let her take a London studio and she moved to 76 Fulham Road.

        Random Info. on Lady Butler

        Sourced from Lady Butler - Battle Artist, 1846 - 1933 book (1987), the ultimate biography on her and her work. Direct link here to the book @

        All text Alan Sutton Publishing.

        Born Elizabeth Southerden Thompson.

        Never witnessed war at first hand.

        Her obituary appeared in The Times 4 October 1933.

        Held exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries in 1912, 1915, 1917 and 1919 mostly of her most recent work in watercolours.

        The period of her most popular success lasted for about seven years, from 1874 until 1881.

        Her work The Roll Call was one of the most popular exhibits at the Royal Academy in the nineteenth century.

        Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (1815-91), one of the greatest exponents of the miltary genre in France, wrote of her: 'England really has only one miltary painter - a woman.'

        She was born in Lausanne by Lake Geneva.

        In 1888 she lived at Delgany, Co. Wicklow.

        A Detachment of Cavalry in Flanders is the last known oil painting of hers, exectuted in 1929.

        She died on the 2nd October 1933 at Gormanston; buried at Stamullen graveyard nearby.

      • July 2016: My master printer has retired sadly so these prints will never be available again. Such a shame as they were exquisite little prints but the printer gave me no warning of his retirement so I couldn't persuade him to continue or find a way of taking over the printing. The result is these prints are no more. I'm a little sad as I really believed in the quality of these prints but such is life.

      • Lady Butler Roll Call Crimea prints @ (direct link to these prints)

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