Behind the non-commissioned officer in this naive painting, a sutleress in red cloak is visible in the background. Sutleresses were army camp followers who peddled provisions to the soldiers. Even if women were not engaged in supplying the Army, they would have been found in almost every military camp. Many worked as washerwomen, some as prostitutes and others were the wives of members of the regiment.
Where to see this painting?
National Army Museum
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