|Ernest Albert Fisher, 1916, also known as my Grandfather|
|Waiting, An English Fireside 1854-5 Ford Madox Brown|
|Mother and Child (1854) Frederic Stephens|
|The Soldier's Wife (1878) George Smith|
|News from Sebastopol (Sevastopol) (1875) Charles Cope|
|The Story of Balaclava: 'Wherein he Spoke of the Most Disastrous Chances (1855) Rebecca Solomon|
The Crimean ended and the soldiers came home, and the tone of the paintings is not just joyful, but utter, wretched relief.
|Home: The Return from the Crimean (1856) Joseph Noel Paton|
I have to mention here that I was amazed to find that the last veteran of the conflict died in 2004. How is that possible?! The last veteran was Timothy the Tortoise, the mascot of HMS Queen, who died peaceful in her retirement home in Devon at the ripe old age of 165.
Anyway, seemingly no sooner had the Crimean War finished than the mutinies in India shocked the Empire. Again, the speed of reporting and the details of the horrors caught the public imagination. For most it must have seemed like the atrocities came out of nowhere, but it had obviously been simmering unrest that found its outlet in bloody carnage on all side.
|Eastward Ho! August 1857 Henry Nelson O'Neil|
|Home Again Henry Nelson O'Neil|
There are stark differences in the attitudes of the two pictures: the nervous energy of the first is reflected in the bright colours, the bold reds and streaks of yellow, purple and green contrasting with the more faded, battered glory of the second. The women are mostly separate from the men in the first, climbing the gangplank to kiss them goodbye, holding hands and parting, whereas everyone is together, clinging and massed on the ship in the second image, with yet more people clammering to receive the men back, safe.
|The Flight from Lucknow (1858) Abraham Solomon|
|In Memoriam (1858) Joseph Noel Paton|
Colonial wars rumbled on, with the professional army putting down rebellions and uprisings in India, Africa and beyond, but outside of general pictures about war and widowhood, the artistic imagination was not caught in such a manner until the Boer War (the second Anglo-Boer War) again opened the idea of the home front, reflecting the suffering many thousands of miles away from the action.
|The Boer War (1901) John Liston Byam Shaw|
|Going Home Frank Holl|
|Peace Concluded (1856) John Everett Millais|