First Life Guards

Lieutenant Parry, 1833

When the Monty Python team wrote the sketch 'Upper-class Twit of the Year' they must have had Sidney Parry in mind. For a bet he tried to swim across the Serpentine in full kit ie. the uniform that he wears in this painting. He reached half way across when the stupidity of the venture became frighteningly clear to him and he turned back. He never reached the bank.

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by Stephen Luscombe