A wounded British officer returning from the Crimean War. Mezzotint by W.H. Simmons, 1863, after J.D. Luard, 1858.
- Luard, John Dalbiac, 1830-1860.
- [Oct.r 1st 1863]
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The Sotheby's catalogue, loc. cit., gives the title as given in the Royal Academy catalogue as "Nearing home - some of our English land birds settling on the ship, told us we're nearly home", and also cites the Art journal, 1858 as follows: "The vessel is a home-bound steamer, on the deck of which lies a wounded officer, affectionately tended by his wife. His direction is directed to one of the birds, which is picking crumbs from a saucer". Sotheby's comments: "It seems likely that the female nurse in Luard's painting, although thought by the Art journal to represent the soldier's wife, is intended as a symbolic portrait of Nightingale or one of her nurses"
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