Mike Hubbard (biography)Medium:
Gouaches on BoardSize:
12" x 18" (300mm x 450mm)Date:
1975These are the unique original Gouache paintings by Mike Hubbard.
In 1792 Mary Anne Talbot became the mistress of Captain Essex Bowen, who enlisted her as his footboy under the name "John Taylor" for a voyage to Santo Domingo. The regiment, the 82nd of Foot, were diverted for service in Flanders against the French and she served as a drummer-boy in the battle for Valenciennes, where Captain Bowen was killed. She was also wounded by a sabre slash and treated the wound herself. Later she decided to go on working as a male sailor.
She deserted, fleeing through Luxembourg into the German Rhineland and became a cabin boy for a French ship. When the British Royal Navy captured the ship she was transferred to the Brunswick where she served as a powder monkey.
The art board contains two images, one with Mary Ann as a drummer boy and a larger image showing her, in male costume, about to be pressganged.Click for larger image ...
Fleeing the Pressgang