Wednesday 23 October 2013

Wild Geese by Thomas Payton

I am really impressed by this work by US-based artist Thomas Payton. It depicts the charge of the Regiment of Clare, Irish Brigade in the service of France, against the British Guards at the Battle of Fontenoy, 11 May 1745. The Irish Brigade suffered some 500 casualties on the day while capturing 15 cannon, a colour of the Coldstream Guards was taken, and the attack of the Irish compelled the British Guards to retire.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great illustration. The 'capture' of a colour from the Coldstream Guards is a much cherished memory of the Irish Brigade. But no such colour exists in the official record- 'The trophies of Louis XV' although other British colours captured in that war do. If they had captured such a prestigious colour that day- it would have appeared in the official
catalogue. Possibly a much perpetuated myth?