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Title 1st Life Guards watercolour with gouache
Nationality British
Period c 1860-70

This (11.5 x 14 inches inside frame) is signed 'H.D.' in the bottom right-hand corner. The details, such as the sword hilt, cuirass and helmet, are all beautifully depicted, indeed the sword dates the picture as being no later than 1882 when the open work iron guard was introduced for all the Household Cavalry other ranks.

1st Life Guards is defined by the red flask cord on the white shoulder belt, the 2nd Life guards having a blue flask cord. The carbine is almost certainly a depiction of the Snider conversion, which was carried up until the introduction of the Martini-Henry carbine in the 1870s. The helmet is the later pattern helmet introduced around 1857, with a fairly plain peak.

The watercolour is heightened with gouache, which in parts, notably on the horse, appears to have degraded somewhat.

The picture is glazed and has a Parker Gallery label to the reverse.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Paintings : British : 19th Century]


The bayonet is a splendid addition to my collection...

C T, UK, 03.12.2008

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005