The work addresses two burning issues of the day: the Crimean war and the plight of agricultural workers.

Collinson portrays a labourer sitting in a pub, tankard in hand, contemplating joining the 'Army Works Corps'. The corps was formed in 1854 to encourage rural workers and navvies to volunteer as civilians in the Crimean war.


Private collection, USA; private collection, New England, USA until 2002.

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