"There is no retreat
from here, men! you must die where you stand."
...."Ay, Ay, Sir Colin, if needs be we'll do that."
General Sir Colin Campbell: THE THIN RED LINE
The Thin Red Line
ROBERT GIBB RSA. 1881
Depicts the heroic stand of the 93rd. 'Sutherland' Highlanders
at Balaclava 25 Oct. 1854.
Responding to the commands of their inspiring General Sir Colin
Perhaps the most famous image to come from the
Inspired by the Alexander Kinglake account of the action in his
book The Invasion of the Crimea read by Gibb whilst walking Haddon
Hall, in England's Peak district, Gibb depicted the scene transposed
to the rise in front of him in his mind's eye. The result was Gibb's
greatest painting, which he exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy
in 1882. The Thin Red Line has been hailed as one of the finest
military paintings of the nineteenth century. More
Colour lithograph (Ca. 1890)
Approx. 131/4 X 26 1/2" excluding letters (33.5 X 67.2 cm.),
Ref. LRA 1150/DLN/g.anne GOL)