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A Pair of Naval and Military Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars
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A Pair of Naval and Military Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars

Circa 1840

Measurements: Overall: 9cm (7.5in) x 6in (15cm)



Oil on board. A pair of portraits of a Greenwich Pensioner, seated with clay pipe and tankard, and a Chelsea Pensioner.

The in-pensioners of Greenwich and Chelsea were bound by militarised rules and regulations. Both wore uniform that included a tricorne and long coat. The Royal Hospital at Chelsea for army veterans was established by Charles II in 1682; while the Greenwich Hospital Pensioners were in residence from 1705 to 1869.