Lady Harriet Ackland

Creator: Engraved by Francis Jukes from a painting by Robert Pollard

Context: This 1784 engraving of a 1777 painting dramatizes the efforts of a British aristocrat to reach her husband, a soldier wounded at the second Battle of Saratoga, in order to nurse him back to health. She is appealing to an American sentry to allow her to come ashore.

Audience: British sympathizers and women on both sides of the Atlantic.

Purpose: To glorify the bravery and fidelity of a woman who risked significant physical danger to reach her husband's side.

Historical Significance: This dramatic, romanticized painting celebrates the contributions of women during wartime. It also suggests the gentlemanly relationship that still existed between generals during the Revolutionary War that allowed for correspondence and favor between sides.