Yukon River, Alaska, USA
A pen and watercolour drawing of a view in Hyde Park of the encampment set up during the Gordon Riots in 1780. Several white tents behind, and a woman ironing a sheet on the grass. Several soldiers and a drummer boy. With an auctioneer's lot 2-84/1 connecting the drawing to the Paul Sandby estate sale, 3 May 1811, lot 84. An aquatint of the scene, with different figures, is no. VIII of the series of encampments engraved by James Fittler and Francis Chesham, titled 'The Laundress, with a distant view of Lord Petre's House etc. from Hyde Park'. The woman on the left, ironing, appears in a pencil and brown wash drawing in the British Museum (L. B. 137(18). In early June 1780, initially peaceful protests against the concessions of the first Catholic Relief Act of 1778 turned to riots in the streets of London and Westminster. In response to the violence, encampments were set up in St. James's Park, Hyde Park and the gardens of Montagu House, and remained in place for several months. The camps became places of fashionable spectacle and entertainment. By this date Sandby lived in St. George's Row opposite Hyde Park and was well placed to observe the activity there. He submitted several views of the camps to the Royal Academy in 1781.
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