The Death of Major Peirson

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The Death of Major Peirson, 6th January 1781, John Singleton Copley, 1783, © Tate, London 2014

On this pocket square we’ve used a large oil painting by American artist John Singleton Copley that depicts the death of Major Francis Peirson at the Battle of Jersey on 6th January 1781. Major Peirson led an attack against the French troops, during which he was killed by a French sniper, although Copley increased the drama of the event by making the moment of Peirson's death coincide with the British victory over the French, rather than earlier in the battle. More details about the artist and painting can be seen below.

The wonderful thing about the painting is it works perfectly on a pocket square and produces a number of different effects when folded differently. We particularly like the puff and four point folds, which you can see in our guide on how to fold a pocket square

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The painting can be found in the Tate's collection in London. Tate Images is part of Tate Enterprises Limited, the trading arm, of Tate. All its profits is covenanted to Tate each year and plays a vital role in supporting all four of its galleries, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives.

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Shaun Gordon - Tie-Maker

"The Major Peirson pocket square gives a subtle display of colours and pattern when folded inside my pocket, but to the contrary evokes an element of surprise when you look closer at the details which reveals a moment in history and stirs your imagination. This my friends, is why The Major Peirson pocket square is one of my favourites."
Photos: Bart Pajak