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Artist on Campaign: being the Adventures of Ralph Oughtred Esq in Portugal and Spain in the Year 1809 by [Miley, Caroline]

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Artist on Campaign: being the Adventures of Ralph Oughtred Esq in Portugal and Spain in the Year 1809 Kindle Edition

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Length: 392 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Ralph Oughtred has few ambitions – to be rich, or at least out of debt, to eventually marry his charming mistress, and to get into the Royal Academy.

An amiable rake in Georgian London, Ralph is an artist who thinks he’s got it made when he wins a big commission to paint the Duke of Wellington’s generals. But before he can put brush to canvas they’re whisked off to Portugal to fight Napoleon, and he must follow or lose the money. In a comic romp through Portugal and Spain in the train of the British army, Ralph leads the reader through war, art, sex, love, travelogue, musings on life and a lot of drinking. He’s recruited as a spy, accidentally leads a cavalry charge, makes love to an officer’s wife during the Battle of Porto, and is captured by the French.

A man of his time and an everyman bound to the wheel of fortune, Ralph travels the road of the reluctant hero from innocence to experience. But he’s intelligent and complex and his adventures will appeal to the reader who wants their history to live, their escapism to be philosophical and their narratives lyrical. The book is written with a deft, light touch; there’s just enough accurate military history, and the characters – Ralph and his friends, and the generals he paints – are varied and amusing.

Artist on Campaign is that rare bird, a novel that is literary, historical and funny, a stylish evocation of the history and manners of an era, and an entertainment of the highest order.

REVIEWS:

“Artist on Campaign is literary, historical and funny, a stylish evocation of the history and manners of an era, and an entertainment of the highest order.”
- Mark Tredinnick, editor, mentor and author The Blue Plateau

“Entertaining and will hold the interest of both those who specialize in the era and the casual reader. Highly recommended.”
- Robert Burnham, editor the Napoleon Series

"A delightful, amusing, colourful romp, stylishly crafted and brought off with great pace and gusto. Miley is a writer of real talent with a very good story."
- Timothy Balding, author The Impostors, The Zucchini Conspiracy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4057 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caroline Miley (28 October 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07ZQ721M6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #895,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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