The Royal Irish Regiment

The Storming of Amoy

The print was made by J H Lynch from a painting by M A Hayes. It was published by William Spooner. The 18th successfully stormed the walls of Amoy in China and the Regimental and Queen's Colours figure centrally with an officer holding the Queen's Colour and a light company officers grappling with a man in a striped costume. The striped suits look a little odd, especially the ears on the hoods. These are reminiscent of the strange animal costumes worn by some of the enemies encountered in India. The faces of the enemy look more Indian than Chinese leading me to think that the artist was confused about where Amoy was.

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