A maker of the Annus Mirabilis
For Britain, 1759 was an Annus Mirabilis, a miraculous year, in the Seven Years’ War. In North America, the British managed to capture for Ticonderoga, they were victorious at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and captured Quebec, they won the Battle of Minden in Europe and at sea, the Royal Navy began its era of near total supremacy. On land, these achievements depended on the ancestors of Wellington’s ‘article’, the humble Redcoat. So Christy decided it was high time to paint one!