The painting appears to have been inspired by the Volunteer movement of the early 1860s, which was in reponse to the threat of French invasion. The young man in the centre of the painting is being enlisted, despite the fears of his womenfolk.
Where to see this painting?
Milford, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, ST17 0XB
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.