Battle of Jersey

Conflict: The Battle of Jersey was fought during the Wars of the American Revolution. Date: Baron Phillipe de Rullecourt and... Read more
Der Tod Des Major Peirsons (The Death Of Major Peirson)

oil on canvas
247 x 366 cm

Tate Gallery

London, UK

Copley, John Singletonnotes
France invaded Jersey on 5 January 1781. The governor surrendered the island after the fall of its capital, St Helier. A twenty-four-year-old garrison commander, Major Peirson, rejected the surrender and led a successful counter-attack. Peirson was in fact killed shortly before the battle, but Copley shows him dying at the moment of British victory,...
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