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John Everett Millais : “L’Enfant du Regiment (The Random Shot)” (1854-1855)

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This devastating piece by the Pre-Raphaelite master Sir John Everett Millais was produced during the middle years of the Crimean War, in which Britain allied with France, Sardinia and the Ottomans against the Russian Empire. It was the first war to be photographed, the war that transformed Florence Nightingale into a national symbol. Its toll in human suffering was widely recognized at the time. The painting’s English title, The Random Shot, emphasizes the senseless of warfare. The physical injury to the girl’s right hand mirrors the deeper injury of having been rendered fatherless. The French title, L’Enfant du Regiment (“Child of the Regiment”), implies that she has been orphaned, or perhaps that, in braving the horrors of war, she is as much a soldier as the men fighting it.

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